Death toll from Indian navy aircraft crash rises to three

19:56, March 03, 2010      

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A civilian was confirmed killed along with two pilots after an Indian navy aircraft crashed in southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Wednesday, officials said.

The navy plane crashed into a two-storey building in a residential area near Begumpet airport during an aerobatics show at the international aviation exhibition.

The aircraft was unable to pull up from a dive and went into a spiral as the four planes were breaking away from the formation and going in different directions.

The aircraft, a HJT-16 Kiran Mk2 trainer made by Hindustan Aeronautics, crashed a couple of minutes before noon near the old Begumpet Airport in the heart of the city.

The crash occurred on the first day of the five-day India Aviation 2010.

Witnesses here said that they heard a loud boom before the plane went down. A thick cloud of smoke rose to the sky near the Begumpet airport following the accident.

Source:Xinhua
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