A near tragedy was averted at Aero India 2015 on Thursday, after the wings of two Zlin 50LX aircraft collided with each other at about 3pm. The single seater, single engine aircraft of the Czech Republic’s Flying bull team were breaking-away from their formation, when the lead plane registered OK-XRA/0071 flown by 66-year old Radka Machova tipped over the aircraft of the left wing-man of the team Jiri Saller OK-XRC/0073, triggering a minor turbulence.
However from the spectator point of view it seemed that the two-pilots quickly recovered from the unwanted developments, altered their flight path and later safely landed on the runway and parked their aircraft. However the right-side wing of the Jiri Saller was damaged thoroughly, raising speculation of teams continuation in the Air Show.
An Aero India release said that at about 1500hrs Red Bull Aerobatic team were performing planned maneuvers… came in contact with each other and suffered minor damages. “Both the aircraft’s were immediately landed. Both the pilots are safe and a precautionary parade was conducted on the ground to remove foreign particle,” the release said.