Three IAF pilots die in trainer plane crash

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  1. screwterrorists

    screwterrorists Founding Member

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    Bangalore: Three Indian Air Force (IAF) test pilots were burnt to death on Friday when the prototype Saras aircraft of the state-run National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) crashed and caught fire in an open field near Bidadi, about 30 km from Bangalore, a top official said.

    An IAF official said the deceased pilots were Squadron Leader Ilayiraj, Wing Commander Praveen and Wing Commander Shah.

    "The second prototype of our small aircraft was on a regular flight test when the tragic mishap occurred claiming the precious lives of three young IAF pilots. We are very distressed and feel sad for the loss of their lives. Our sympathies to the bereaved families," NAL director AR Upadhya told IANS after he rushed to Bangalore from Hyderabad on learning about the accident.

    Earlier, an official of the IAF's Aircraft Systems & Testing Establishment (ASTE) said the ill-fated Saras-PT2 took off from the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) airport in the city at 1455 hours IST on a test flight southwards and crashed in an open field near Bidadi around 1605 hours IST while returning from Mysore.

    "An hour after the aircraft took off from our runway, we lost contact with it. As we were trying to ascertain what happened, the Bangalore rural police called our air traffic control (ATC) and informed that a yellow-coloured aircraft had crashed in a field and caught fire. A police spokesman also said there bodies were found in the charred wreckage," the ASTE official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Within 30 minutes, the ASTE rushed a few IAF and NAL officials by helicopter to the mishap site for rescue operations.

    Meanwhile, the rural police cordoned off the wreckage site to keep away curious crowds from the nearby villages and fenced the place. An ambulance from the IAF Command Hospital was rushed to the spot to recover the bodies.

    "An inquiry will be ordered in consultation with the IAF. The director general of civil aviation (DGCA) will conduct the probe. It is too early to say what caused the crash. Efforts are on to recover the black box and ascertain from the ASTE what transpired between the Saras crew and the ATC during the flight, especially in the last minutes," Upadhya said.

    The 14-seater multi-role Saras has been designed and developed by the Bangalore-based NAL for use by the military and civil aviation sector. NAL is a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

    The Bangalore rural police said no civilian was injured or killed on the ground as the plane crashed in an open field near a village.

    Named after the Indian crane, the airframe of Saras-PT2 was built with lighter composites to reduce its overall weight by about 400kg from its first prototype, which was overweight by about 900 kg. The aircraft is powered by two Canadian Pratt & Whitney turbo-prop engines.

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/three-iaf-pilots-die-in-trainer-plane-crash/86999-3.html

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    Sad sad day.
    Loss of life is regrettable. Prayers out to everyone's families.
     
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  3. Singh

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    RIP to the dead. :(
     
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    RIP. Condolences to the family members.
     
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    The NAL has to realize that we cannot keep sacrificing the lives of our pilots because of their lack of due diligence. The officers on board: Wing Commanders Praveen and Shah and Squadron Leader Ilayaraaja were senior members of the Aircraft Systems and Testing Establishment of the IAF, and three of our finest. Their loss is no trifling matter.

    The Saras has some serious technical issues that need to be immediately resolved: It's PT-1 weighs 993 kgs more than its designated weight of 4125 kg, and this particularly in a civilian transport aircraft is of serious consequence. After this crash, the NAL must proceed fortwith to reduce the all-up weight of the aircraft through greater use of alloy-composites and improving margins on the basic structure and landing gear. We cannot afford to lose the lives of any more of our fine pilots...
     
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    Thats sad new. R.I.P. :(
     
  8. EnlightenedMonk

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    R I P :angry::angry::angry::angry::angry::angry::angry:

    I have a lot of things to say about this, but I'd rather not post them here...
     
  9. Triton

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    India to go ahead with Saras light military aircraft project

     
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    They have formed standing committee to uncertain the error which became the reason for such crash. So far nothing unearth as yet. :sAni_monkey:
     
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    Oh, a Standing Committee... Good !!! You know why it is called a Standing Committee ??? Because it sits on things !!! :D:D:D:D

    Are they scheduled to submit their report in this century or the next ???

    :):):)
     
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    Standing committee's aren't being placed to make their fun. It takes some time to unearth the cause of crash. If you are watching serial "Air Crash Investigation" on National Geographic Channel which telecast various Civilian aircrashs happened in the past and the way various investigation being carried out to unearth the error behind the crash, then you will realize how much time it takes to submit final report. It can even take years or sometimes even a day. But in case of SARAS, I dont think much time will be taken since it was still in prototype stage and hence crash one among various parameters that NAL require to analyse. :angry:
     
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    now this is spirit, best of luck to the guys. I am confident that they will achieve success
     
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    Expert highlights deficiencies in Saras flight control system

    Expert highlights deficiencies in Saras flight control system

    http://www.hindu.com/2009/03/23/stories/2009032351381100.htm
     
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    Thanks Nitesh...
     
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    another 3 lives lost may they rest in peace its sad going recently with a lot of valuable life lost
     
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    Oh god... let their sole rest in Peace
     

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