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Heartbreak at Dundigal: IAF Pilatus Trainer Aircraft Crash Claims Lives of Two Pilots

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In a heart-breaking incident, two Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots lost their lives on Monday when their Pilatus trainer aircraft crashed during a routine training session at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, Telangana. The casualties include an experienced instructor and a cadet, marking a somber day for the nation’s defence forces.

The IAF released a statement confirming the unfortunate incident, stating, “One Pilatus PC 7 Mk II trainer aircraft met with an accident today morning during a routine training sortie from AFA, Hyderabad. It is with deep regret that (the) IAF confirms that both the pilots on board have sustained fatal injuries.” The crash occurred during what was expected to be a routine training sortie, highlighting the inherent risks associated with military aviation.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed his condolences on social media, taking to X to share his sentiments. “Anguished by this accident near Hyderabad. It is deeply saddening that two pilots have lost their lives. In this tragic hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families,” he wrote, acknowledging the gravity of the loss and extending sympathies to the families affected by the tragedy.

Remarkably, no reports of damage to property or injuries to civilians have emerged from the crash site, underscoring the IAF’s commitment to ensuring the safety of civilians and infrastructure even in the face of such unfortunate incidents.

As per standard protocol, a Court of Inquiry has been initiated to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash and to ascertain the cause of this tragic accident. Such inquiries are crucial for understanding the factors that contributed to the incident, aiding in the prevention of similar occurrences in the future and maintaining the highest standards of safety in military aviation.

The loss of skilled and dedicated personnel is always a severe blow to the armed forces and the nation at large. The sacrifice of these pilots serves as a poignant reminder of the risks inherent in the rigorous training and operational activities carried out by the Indian Air Force. As the nation mourns the loss of these brave individuals, the investigation into the crash will be closely watched, seeking to provide answers and closure to the grieving families and the wider military community.

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