Bengaluru: Garima Abrol, the wife of Squadron Leader killed in the Mirage crash, wades into the row
This is how Garima Abrol, wife of Squadron Leader Sameer who was killed in the tragic crash involving the Mirage 2000 aircraft, expressed her anguish in an emotional note on Instagram.
Sameer Abrol and co pilot Squadron leader Siddhartha Negi, who also lost his life, were on an acceptance sortie — the ill-fated Mirage 2000 was upgraded by HAL and was being flight-tested by the pilots before giving the consent that it can put for operational use — when the incident occurred.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also paid a visit to the grieving families of the two martyred pilots on Tuesday at their homes. Negi was from Dehradun, and Abrol from Ghaziabad and the two belonged to the Bengaluru-based Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE).
MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar submitted a Zero Hour request in Parliament to discuss the crash and the need for a thorough and transparent inquiry into it.
Former Director General of Artillery Lt Gen PR Shankar (Retd) in his blog wrote a piece titled Defence in Distress.
“Wheels come off a Mirage aircraft after a refit by HAL and we lose two ace pilots. The Chief of Air Staff publicly states that supporting HAL affects IAF’s operational capabilities. The public views the increase in defence budget outlay as marginal, despite tall claims. The IAF may also be heading into a training crisis due to non-availability of aircrafts. A wider analysis indicates that our defence is in distress of gargantuan proportions rivalled by farm distress and the ILFS fiasco. This is grim reality,” Shankar wrote.
On her Instagram account, iamgarimaabrol posted
And as he fell from the sky onto the ground,
With broken bones ; all but a black
box was found.
His ejection was safe but parachute
Shattered the family and all that he desired
Never had he breathed so heavy,
as for the last time,
While the bureaucracy enjoyed its
corrupt cheese and wine.
We give our warriors outdated
machines to fight,
They still deliver it with all their
prowess and might.
Once again a martyr was killed,
As he fell from the sky onto the ground.
Unforgiving is a job of a test pilot
Someone has to risk it to show others the light
Proud of my husband
Fights on always my BATMAN !! Jai Hind
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