The Saras crash

The crash of the Saras is heartbreaking. Apart from the deep tragedy to the families of the pilots and the body blow to the programme itself, it's been, for me, personally heartbreaking. My first report as a defence correspondent, was about the Saras. On August 17, 2004, the national pages of the Indian Express carried my first report. I remember looking diligently for the numbers of the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) number, speaking to the Director, and filing my first ever report with a great sense of excitement. The aircraft I was talking about there was of course the first prototype. The one that crashed two days ago was the second prototype, and was on just its 49th flight according to a couple of reports.

A story in the Telegraph today.

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