Thirty two-year-old Indian Air Force (IAF) squadron leader Samir Abrol had a special liking for the French aircraft Mirage 2000, which is flown by the IAF. Abrol, with co-pilot squadron leader Siddharth Negi, 31, were killed as their Mirage 2000 aircraft crashed Friday morning while on a test sortie at the old Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Airport in Bengaluru.

Samir, who is from Ghaziabad, was cremated with full honours at the Hindon cremation ground on Sunday morning. His father, Sanjeev Abrol, who runs a water purifier business in the city, said his family is not from a defence background but his son had shown an inclination to join the defence forces ever since he was a child. The family resides in Gandhi Nagar.

“Samir was very…

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