Pilots die in Indian plane crash

Plane crashed into a water tank atop a three-storey building. (REUTERS)

Police said an Indian navy plane performing aerobatics at an air show has crashed into a building in southern India, killing both the pilot and the co-pilot and injuring four people on the ground.

Admiral Nirmal Verma, the Navy Chief, said the pilots could not eject and were killed in yesterday's crash as the plane hit a building in a residential area near Begumpet airport in Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh state.

He told reporters that the cause of the crash was not immediately known.

AK Khan, Police Commissioner, said the plane crashed into a water tank atop a three-storey building and severely damaged the top floor of the building.

Television images showed the crash occurred as the plane dived while performing aerobatics, but failed to regain height.

 

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