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Pilatus PC-7 Mk II : Crashed

Pilatus PC-7 Mk II : Crashed

Two Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots were killed after their Pilatus PC-7 Mk II trainer aircraft crashed during a routine training sortie from the Air Force Academy at Dundigal, Telangana.

  • Pilatus PC-7 Mk II is a trainer aircraft.
  • It is a low-wing, turbo-prop aircraft with tandem seating (the cadet sits in the front, the instructor behind him).
  • While the original aircraft has been in service since the 1970s, the Mk II version was introduced in the 1990s, with newer airframe and more advanced avionics.
  • It is Powered by a Pratt & Whitney turbo-prop engine, it has a maximum speed of 412 km/h and can fly to a height of slightly more than 10,000 m.
  • It has a range of 1,200 km without external tanks, which translates to slightly more than 4 hours of flying time.
  • There are 75 Pilatus PC-7 Mk II aircraft in service with the IAF.

Trainer aircraft:

  • A trainer is a class of aircraft designed specifically to facilitate flight training of pilots and aircrews.
  • Modern military aircraft are notoriously difficult to master for rookie pilots. Hence, they must first be trained on other, more basic aircraft.