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Family of martyred pilot angry over use of old jets

February 8, 2019

The family members of martyred Indian Air Force pilot Squadron Leader Samir Abrol have said that pilots are being provided outdated Mirage 2000 jets to fly.

Squadron Leader Samir Abrol lost his life on 1 February at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Airport in Bengaluru when the Mirage 2000 jet he was flying crashed.

Squadron Leader Siddhartha Negi was also in the plane and he also died in the crash. Both pilots were from Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment.

The brother of late Squadron Leader Samir Abrol, Sushant has written a heartfelt poem on his death. Sushant Abrol has shared the poem on Facebook.

He said, "While the bureaucracy enjoyed its corrupt cheese and wine. We give our warriors outdated machines to fight".

When the plane crashed, the two pilots had tried to eject, but they got stuck in the explosive flames. Negi had died on the spot while Abrol breathed his last in a hospital.

Sushant also said that the authorities never really disclose the reason behind such accidents and families are kept in dark while the lives of pilots are put on risk.

Many people share their condolences and anger over the incident on social media.

Shailendra‏ @shailendradi tweeted, "Replying to @KesariDhwaj @YRDeshmukh @__phoenixfire It exposes recklessness of our politicians and also quality of work we (HAL in this case) deliver to even critical jobs."

Dr. I. S. Sharma‏ @isukapallis2408 wrote,"Replying to @KesariDhwaj @YRDeshmukh @__phoenixfire Only thing I can offer to the martyr and their families is my tears. Please accept them. My soul weeps as much as yours."

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