Pune: Captain Anil Gadgil and his wife Kavita Gadgil have set up a flying school with India's first mobile flight simulator. They took up the task after losing their 27-year-old son Abhijit in a MIG-21 crash.
But Abhijit's death didn't dampen the spirits of his heart-broken parents. Together they set up the Abhijit Air Safety Foundation in 2002 to ensure that other promising lives do not meet the same fate.
Abhijit Air Safety Foundation Chairperson Kavita Gadgil says, "I see other Abhijits and don't want many to suffer the fate of our son."
The Gadgils fought hard to make the government sit up, take notice and accept the many technical failures and inadeqaute safety measures in MIG-21s. Following their continuous efforts, some key changes were made which brought down pilot casualties from 12 a year to just three to four. That was the encouragement that the Gadgils needed....more
09:53 AM, Jun 06, 2012