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.
Mrs Garima Abrol, wife of Sqn ldr Samir Abrol who martyred in Mirage2000 fighter plane crash while test flying it at HAL Airport. To join Air Force Academy. Woman of exceptional substance and will join @IAF_MCC in Jan 2020.
Not all woman are made equal some are Armed forces Wives pic.twitter.com/gY7G8pV7f3
— Aviator Anil Chopra (@Chopsyturvey) July 14, 2019
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:
Deepest respect & a sense of awe. Four months after her husband Sqn Ldr Samir Abrol was killed in a Mirage 2000 crash, Garima Abrol is headed into the Indian Air Force.
When she said she wanted to keep Samir's memory alive, she meant it. She joins the AF Academy next Jan.
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) July 15, 2019
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.
So proud of you Garima Abrol!
Taking forward a legacy of courageous service to the nation. From a bravehearts wife, stepping into the prestigious IAF as an officer.
Her Samir would be so happy. Would like meet Garima one day. Maybe it will happen. Jai Hind. https://t.co/BbmPgAabVe
— Meghna Girish (@megirish2001) July 13, 2019
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.