On the 29th February 1984, Wing Commander Gajanan Damodar Shintre was detailed for general handling sortie with Flt. Lt. PV Choudhari. On being informed that the aircraft had developed some serious trouble, Wg Cdr Shintre promptly took over the controls as the Captain of the aircraft. Assessing the situation he noticed that he was at a height of 3700 ft. He was left with two options to abandon the aircraft or to attempt a force landing. He gallantly elected to force land rather than abandon the aircraft, even though his decision might have led to grave injuries to himself and his crew. Thereafter he executed a perfect forced landing mustering all his experience and skill at a very critical juncture and causing minimum damage to the aircraft.
Wing Commander Gajanan Damodar Shintre thus displayed conspicuous courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of high order.