Two senior Indian-Air-Force (IAF) pilots were killed after they ejected from a mirage 2000 fighter during its take-off run at the Hal runway in Yemalur in Bengaluru last morning. The pilots have been identified as Squadron leader Sameer Abrol and Squadron leader Siddartha Negi. The mirage 2000 is equipped with ‘zero-zero’ ejection seats which enable the pilots to bail out even if the aircraft is on the ground and is not moving. It is unclear at what stage of the take-off run the fighter was in when the pilots decided to eject.