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How many more pilots have to give up their lives to shake 'you' up, asks wife of Mirage crash pilot

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Garima Abrol, wife of IAF Samir who died in a 2000 aircraft crash earlier this month, has sought to know how many more aviators will lose their lives for the authorities to realise there is "something really wrong" in the system.

In a moving post, Abrol said the feeling has still not sunk in that her husband is no more and that she will keep fighting for the cause that claimed Samir's life.

On February 1, Squadron Leaders and Siddhartha Negi, both from Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment, died after their fighter jet crashed in Bengaluru.

They were conducting an acceptance sortie of the trainer, which had been newly upgraded by state-run company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Though the two pilots made a bid to eject, they were caught in the flames as the plane crashed with a huge explosion.

"I am I am the wife of ..whose tears are still not dry... It still hasn't sunk in that you are gone. No one has the answer to my questions. Why YOU? My husband was a proud Indian and I loved sending him off to serve the nation with a morning cup of tea and a head held high.

"Every soldier's wife's biggest fear in life is when her husband would be called to the front line and serve in an active war. I too had this fear. Many a times I woke up crying after having one such bad dream... But Samir would hold me, console me and tell me...that (it) is the ultimate purpose of his 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, patriot to the core," she said in a post.

"How many more of these pilots have to give up their life to shake you up and make you realise there is something really wrong in the system? How many fighters have to give up their life for you to wake up?" she said.

In another post last week, Samir's younger brother, Sushant, had said while the bureaucracy enjoy its "corrupt cheese and wine", the air warriors are given "outdated machines" to fight.

An emotional poem penned by Sushant, posted on Facebook, states it is an "unforgiving" job to be a test pilot, given the risks it posses.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 20:30 IST