Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lives in the hands of the cheapest bidder?

A news article in the papers a couple of days ago stated that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Fali Homi Major, on Saturday assured that the MiG-29 aircraft used by the IAF were safe, amidst media reports that Russia had grounded a large number of its MiG-29 fleet because of structural defects.

The MIGs (I think its the MIG 21 and not the MIG 29) have been consistently called the ‘flying coffins’ because they are so accident prone. It scares me to think that some of our country’s best young minds are joining the forces and relying on these machines. I am sure a lot of us would have been ready to do anything to be a combat pilot. Time for a rethink among the top brass who need to put a higher value on the lives of those pilots who stake their lives for the country.

In the movie, Armageddon (1998) the character, Rockhound, played by Steve Buscemi brings to the notice of the rest of his crew that the space shuttle that they are flying in is actually built by parts supplied by the lowest bidder! It is a startling fact, isn’t it?

Maybe now we will look at our vehicles that we drive or aircrafts that we fly in differently…. As I always say, its not always black or white…

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