Garima Abrol, wife of martyred Squadron Leader Samir Abrol, who was killed in February while test flying a Mirage 2000 fighter jet in Bengaluru has cleared the Services Selection Board interview, therefore, paving the way for her to join the Indian Air Force (IAF).

She will join the Air Force Academy in Telangana’s Dundigal and the IAF in January 2020, Retired Air Marshall Anil Chopra tweeted this morning and also called her woman of exceptional substance in his tweet.

He wrote not all woman are made equal some are Armed forces Wives. Samir Abrol along with Squadron Leader Siddhartha Negi died after the Mirage 2000 fighter jet crashed during its take-off run on February 1 this year.

India Today’s defence journalist Shiv Aroor also congratulated Garima for her soon-to-begin stint as an Air Force pilot. Here’s what he said:

Meghna Girish, mother of Major Akshay Girish who was killed during an altercation between Army and terrorists in 2016 also congratulated Garima and said she was taking forward the legacy of courageous service to the nation with her stepping into the prestigious IAF as an officer.

The two young IAF pilots were killed even though they had ejected as the French-designed jet went down the runway, broke through a barrier and a wall before exploding at about 10:25 am on the morning the tragic incident.

The jet aircraft was to be flown with a target aircraft to check radar performance. the accident occurred on the take-off, revealed a senior Hindustan Aeronautics Limited test pilot. Mirage 2000 had been flown successfully six times by HAL test pilots who had certified the French-designed fighter which is being comprehensively upgraded in India.

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