Martyred Pilot Samir Abrol’s Wife Garima Is Now A Flying Officer With Indian Air Force

Pilot's Wife

Garima Abrol, wife of Squadron leader Samir Abrol who was martyred in the Mirage 2000 fighter plane crash last year, completed her training from Air Force Academy on Saturday, according to Defence PRO, Shillong. She is now an Indian Air Force Officer.

Flying Officer Garima Abrol passed out from the Air Force Academy based in Dundigal.

Abrol was conferred with the ‘President’s Commission’ along with 114 other Flight cadets of flying and ground duty branches. She was amongst 21 graduating officers.

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She decided to join the Indian Air Force as a tribute to her martyred husband. Five months after her husband’s death, in July 2019 she cracked the Service Selection Board (SSB) interview and joined the academy at Dundigal. “She had a dream to join the air force. We are happy about her achievement but also pained that Samir is not there,” said Sushma Abrol, Samir’s mother, adding that Garima will be posted in Bareilly.

There is a special metal Armed Forces wives are made off. While it takes years to make a soldier and create a whole legion of warriors for the nation. It takes extremely special women to be in relationship with these men bound by the uniform first,” Author Swapnil Pandey wrote in a post about Garima Abrol, adding, “This woman of exceptional substance and remarkable icon of courage has been recommended to join AFA from AFSB Varanasi.”

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“I really want to see what life looks like in his shoes. Legacy has to move on. Wearing the same uniform also gives me a motive to sustain,” Abrol said about her decision to join IAF, as per Pandey.


Squadron Leader Samir Abrol died after his Mirage fighter aircraft crashed during takeoff at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) airport in Bengaluru last year. He was co-piloting the aircraft with Squadron Leader Siddhartha Negi, who also lost his life in the accident.

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