|Service No & Branch||20291 AE(L)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- --||Commissioned: 04 Sep 1989||Course: 36 AEC Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 31 May 1998|
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|Flt Lt||Sandeep Khajuria||20291 F(P)||Award Date 02 Mar 1993||Announced 15 Aug 1997|
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Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Khajuria was commissioned in the IAF in September 1989. He is presently posted at a signal Unit in Air Force.
On the night of 2nd March, 1993, while he was working in GCA, from the conversations of the controllers on the duty he learned that an aircraft piloted by Fg Offr SS Chouhan (20996) F(P) had crashedÃ¢â‚¬â€œlanded on the side of the runway. He immediately set out for the crash landing site. On reaching the site, which took him about 10 minutes, he observed that fire fighting was in progress and the pilot was still in the cockpit with canopy closed. Notwithstanding the risk of his personal life, he advanced to the canopy to rescue the pilot. The men who were only waiting for such daring leadership also ignored the risk of being engulfed by the fire and joined him in rescuing the pilot who was in unconscious state. The aircraft fuel tank exploded immediately following the rescue.
Flight Lieutenant Sandeep Khajuria, thus, ignoring personal safety appropriate leadership at the time of a crisis saved a life.
|Reference : Gazette of India , 1st November 1997 - No.84 - Pres/97 dated 15th August 1997|