Sagar Pawan

Sagar Pawan HJT-16 Kiran Mk.II paint scheme

The Indian NAVY aerobatic team Sagar Pawan (See Breeze) was formed in 2003 at Dabolim Naval Air Station in Goa, Southern India, as the first demonstration was in May 2003. The team flew four HJT-16 Kiran Mk.II planes attached to INAS 551 Squadron, painted in dark blue and white. Planes were used white, red and blue smokes.

On 3 March 2010 one of the Sagar Pawan Kiran Mk. II planes crashed onto buildings, killing the pilot and co-pilot. The accident occurred at Bowenpally area near Begumpet airport, Hyderabad during an airshow. Commander SK Maurya and co-pilot Lt Commander Rahul Nair flying slot airplane were the pilots died in the crash. All four planes of the Sagar Pawan performs 'downward bomb burst', while the slot didn't succeed to pull its plane on time and crashed onto three buildings injured four peoples on the ground.

Shortly before the plane hit the ground Nair managed to eject from the aircraft, but he did not survive as the plane had come too close to the ground, the parachute didn't open up fully, and he got stuck in high tension electric wires. Commander Maurya's body was found in the plane wreckage.

Since that crash, the team had not flying anymore.

Sagar Pawan HJT-16 Kiran Mk.II Sagar Pawan HJT-16 Kiran Mk.II Sagar Pawan HJT-16 Kiran Mk.II Sagar Pawan HJT-16 Kiran Mk.II Sagar Pawan - 3 March 2010 crash site. At the bottom right are visible the plane's wing remains

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