HAL Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) HJT-36 Sitara crashes near Bangalore

A prototype of the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Intermediate Jet Trainer HJT-36 Sitara serial number S-3466 crashed near Krishnagiri about 80km (50mi) south-east of Bangalore around 15:10 local (09:40 UTC).

HAL Intermediate Jet Trainer HJT-36 Sitara S-3466 at Aero India 2011HAL HJT-36 Intermediate Jet Trainer S-3466 at Aero India 2011. Photo by Vedant Agarwal.

Both pilots Wg Cdr. Patra and Mathur (rank not sure) ejected safely, though one of them has suffered some injuries.

HAL has constituted a Court of Inquiry to examine the crash.

S-3466 was the same aircraft that crashed at Aero India in February 2007. The aircraft was repaired and put back in to service about a year later.

Thanks to some friends (who prefer to remain anonymous) for the heads-up. Hat tip SS.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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