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Samir Abrol Wiki: Samir Abrol was an active member of the frequent-flyer community as well, although he had his style of getting on a plane. We had the honor of meeting him and sharing a drink with him at the Points and Points meet up in Bangalore.
Squadron leader Samir Abrol was from the Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) of the Air Force.
Samir was a long time active member of the LFAL community. He also happened to be the first defence personnel we had met who was entrenched into collecting points and miles, something I always thought people in flying careers never needed to do. Fondly known as Sam, he would frequently comment and share his wisdom with the rest of us as well.
India loses more than 1,500 army personnel every year without going to war. Every time there is a report, we read the news in the papers, witness the rage on social media, watch the TV debates that go on for a few days on safety and security and then get on with our lives. Though the death of the two pilots, squadron leaders Samir Abrol IAF and Siddharth Negi IAF in yesterday’s Mirage 2000 fighter jet crash in Bengaluru completely shook us.
An eyewitness said the Mirage 2000 went up in flames as it crashed with an explosion and thick smoke billowed from the spot, leaving passersby and residents living around the airport in shock.
Soon, firefighters and ground staff at the airport swung into action to douse the flames and tried to bring out the pilots.
India had signed a deal with France in 2011, valued at $2.4 billion, to upgrade 51 Mirage 2000 fighters, which were purchased in the 1980s, with new electronics and weapon systems. The Mirage 2000 has long been regarded as being among the most reliable aircraft in the IAF. In January, media reports quoted Indian Air Force officials as saying that the upgrade of the Mirage 2000 fleet by HAL was running behind schedule.
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