IAF pi­lot’s widow raises ques­tions af­ter jet crash

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Garima Abrol, the wife of Squadron Leader Samir Abrol, who was killed in the Mi­rage 2000 trainer crash, asked on Sun­day how many more pi­lots will have to give up their lives to re­alise that there is some­thing re­ally wrong in the sys­tem.

“I need an­swers. Whilst it’s just another story and in­ci­dent for some, I will keep fight­ing for the cause that took you away from me,” she wrote in a Face­book post.

She said that a pi­lot is not made in a day; it takes a decade of train­ing for their souls to get moulded for the job.

“How many fight­ers have to give up their lives for you to wake up? I do not want any other sis­ter of the armed force fam­ily to suf­fer the pain that I am go­ing through. Words can’t de­scribe how painful it is out here alone with­out my bet­ter half,” she said.

She said that such is the job of a sol­dier that it does not bring any fame.

“No one cries when you leave but the fam­ily. It does not make you a celebrity. The me­dia cov­ers it for a day and drops it just like they have done for the pi­lots who have met the same un­timely fate be­fore Samir. Then ev­ery­one for­gets about it,” she said.

Garima said that the big­gest fear in the life of ev­ery sol­dier’s wife is when her hus­band would be called to the front line and made to serve in an ac­tive war.

“I too had this fear. Many a time I woke up cry­ing af­ter hav­ing such bad dreams. But Samir would hold me, con­sole me and tell me that it was the ul­ti­mate pur­pose of his job to be able to serve our na­tion when the call comes. He wanted me to be brave, as that’s what he was — a brave sol­dier, a pa­triot to the core,” she said.

Ear­lier, Abrol’s brother Sushant had said in a post that while the bu­reau­cracy en­joys its “cor­rupt cheese and wine,” the air war­riors are given “out­dated ma­chines” to fight.

Sqn Ldr Sid­dhartha Negi and Sqn Ldr Abrol, both test pi­lots with the Air­craft and Sys­tems Test­ing Es­tab­lish­ment, died on Fe­bru­ary 1 when Mi­rage 2000 trainer air­craft, which had just been up­graded by de­fence PSU Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited ( HAL), crashed soon af­ter tak­ing off at HAL air­port in Bengaluru.


People walk on a snow- cov­ered road while car­ry­ing a pa­tient to St­in­gri he­li­pad for treat­ment in La­haul Spiti, Hi­machal Pradesh, on Sun­day.

Squadron Leader Samir Abrol with his wife Garima.

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