MiG-21 crash: Flyer shares experience of Flt Lt's family on IndiGo flight

Updated on Jul 30, 2022 12:59 PM IST

Flight lieutenant Advitiya Bal's family reached Rajasthan on Friday to receive his body. On the same flight, Sherbir Panag, a financial crimes and corporate governance lawyer, was travelling and shared his experience on an IndiGo flight on Twitter.

Flight lieutenant Advitiya Bal was one of the pilots died in the MiG-21 trainer aircraft crash in Rajasthan's Barmer
Flight lieutenant Advitiya Bal was one of the pilots died in the MiG-21 trainer aircraft crash in Rajasthan's Barmer
By, New Delhi

The two Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots killed in Thursday night's MiG-21 trainer aircraft crash in Rajasthan were wing commander M Rana and flight lieutenant Advitiya Bal. Wing Commander Rana hailed from Himachal Pradesh, while light lieutenant Bal from Jammu, the IAF said it released their names on Friday.

Bal's family reached Rajasthan on Friday to receive his body. On the same flight, Sherbir Panag, a financial crimes and corporate governance lawyer, was travelling and shared a "gut-wrenching" experience on Twitter.

"Was on the @IndiGo6E flight from Delhi to Jodhpur. Flt Lt Bal’s family was sitting adjacent to me in row 3. As we landed the Captain requested everyone to remain seated to allow for the Bal family to disembark expeditiously. Everyone in row 1 & 2 disregarded the announcement," Sherbir, son of lieutenant general (retired) HS Panag and brother of model-actor Gul Panag.

"I and a few passengers had to scream at the top of our voices to make them sit down and allow the Bal family to pass. It was absolutely shocking to see one’s fellow country men and women behave in this tone deaf, selfish manner. Thats the reality of our respect for sacrifice."

The two pilots were killed when their twin-seater MiG-21 aircraft crashed during a training sortie near Barmer in the desert state.

The IAF said the aircraft was on a sortie from the Utarlai air base and the accident occurred around 9.10 pm.

Air headquarters has already ordered a court of inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident.

MiG-21s were the mainstay of the IAF for a long time. However, the aircraft has had a very poor safety record of late.

Get Latest India Newsalong with Latest Newsand Top Headlinesfrom India and around the world.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Have 11 years' experience in print and digital media. Write on politics, defence and world affairs, and have a keen eye for human-interest stories.

SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals