Wife of pilot who died in mirage crash, to join IAF

Garima Abrol, has cleared the Services Selection Board (SSB) in Varanasi and may soon be eligible to join the forces. She is Wife of late Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Samir Abrol who died in a Mirage crash earlier this year

According to ANI, Garima Abrol has cleared Services Selection Board from Varanasi and is set to join the Air Force Academy, Dundigal in Hyderabad for training as a flying officer in January next year.

Author Swapnil Pandey, in a social media post on July 13, said about Garima: “This woman of exceptional substance and remarkable icon of courage has been recommended to join AFA from AFSB Varanasi. She will be joining it in January 2020. I asked her why Air force after everything? She said, “I really want to see what life looks like in his shoes. Legacy has to move on. Wearing the same uniform also gives me a motive to sustain.”

In February 2019, Squadron Leaders Samir Abrol and Siddartha Negi died when a Mirage 2000 trainer aircraft crashed in Bengaluru. The two pilots were conducting an acceptance sortie of the Mirage-2000 trainer, which had been newly upgraded by state-run aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, when it crashed on February 1. Though the pilots made a bid to eject, they were caught in the flames as the plane crashed with a huge explosion.

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