Saturday, August 10, 2019

Capt Anil Gadgil who pointed out fault in MIG-21 passes away

Captain Anil Gadgil, who had played a fundamental role in pointing out that the supersonic fighter jet MIG-21 aircraft has a fault in its make, passed away in a city hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on August 8.
Gadgil is survived by his wife Kavita and son Kedar. He was 72 at the time of his death. The wing commander was born in Pune on March 13, 1947. He was commissioned as a pilot in the Indian Air Frce in 1967. During his service he took part in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
 After retiring from Air Force in 1984, he joined Air India the following year. While flying had always been Gadgil’s passion; ironically he lost his son Flight Lieutenant Abhijit Gadgil in a MIG crash in 2001.
 Since Abhijit was blamed for the crash, Captain Gadgil and his wife Kavita took it upon themselves to prove that their son was not at fault for the same. In July 2003 Kavita broke the security cordon at an event in Mumbai to hand over a memorandum to the then defence minister George Fernandez.
 In March 2005, Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi wrote to the Gadgils, stating that while an inquiry court had established spatial disorientation as the probable cause of the crash, it was triggered by a technical malfunction and that Flt Lt Abhijit Gadgil could not be blamed for it.
 While this brought closure to their son’s death, this led the Gadgils to come up with a training institute for those dreaming to get into the aviation industry. In 2005, in collaboration with Arco Engineering, Pune, and RealiSim, Bengaluru, Gadgil built India’s first and only indigenous mobile flight training simulator, mounted on a truck body at their home at the base of Sinhagad fort.
 10/08/19 Parchee Kulkarni/Ahmedabad Mirror
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