|Date of Birth:||-- --- --|
|Date Commissioned||13 Dec 1980||Course||126 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 12 Apr 2004|
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|Vayu Sena Medal|
|Sqn Ldr||Ashish Ranjan||16230 F(P)||Award Date 18 Jan 1991||Announced 26 Jan 1992|
|Details :|| |
On 18 Jan 91, Sqn Ldr A Ranjan was authorized to fly as a leader on a Hunter ac in a 2 ac sortie.
After 30 minutes of flying, at 16000' and 380 Kts, the pilot found his throttle non effective and RPM stuck at 7500. He assessed the situation and instructed his No. 2 to return individually.
Sqn Ldr Ranjan had a choice of carrying out a planned ejection or flaming out the engine and carrying out a dead stick landing. Despite fuel constraint, high speed and RPM stuck at a high power, Sqn Ldr Ranjan decided to bring back the aircraft. He also allowed adequate time for the ATC to recover other airborne ac. Displaying a very high degree of professional competence, he skillfully manoeuvred the aircraft so as to be able to make an approach with speed higher than permissible speed. He switched off the engine using LP cock when he was still on approach. Thereafter, using excess speed to reach the runway, he carried out a planned dead stick landing. The touchdown was well controlled albeit at a higher speed. By judicious use of brakes and tail parachute the aircraft was brought to a halt at the end of runway with no damage. On subsequent examination the throttle linkage to the engine was found disconnected.
The sound assessment of a very critical situation and subsequent safe and undamaged recovery of a valuable aircraft was undoubtedly an example of total professional approach, display of exceptional flying skill and sound airmanship with scan regard for personal safety, on the part of Sqn Ldr Ranjan.
For his courage, sound assessment of critical situation, flying skill and professional approach, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr A Ranjan.
|Unit : 20 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992|