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Wing Commander Chickmandya Girish Deepak

Service No 24487 Branch F(P)
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Date Commissioned 21 Jun 1997 Course 159 Course
Service End No Details
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Wg Cdr : 21 Jun 2010
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrChickmandya Girish Deepak24487 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2013Announced 26 Jan 2013
Details : Wing Commander Chickmandya Girish Deepak (24487) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of flying Instructors School at Air Force Station Tambaram as a Directing Staff since 10 Nov 08. On 31 Jan 2012, he was tasked to fly an instructional sortie on Kiran Mk II aircraft with Squadron Leader K P Singh as the trainee pilot. While coming in to land, he experienced an engine flame out below the minimum height for attempting an engine relight. After an unsuccessful attempt to jettison the canopy, he ordered his co-pilot to eject through the canopy. As the co-pilot ejected, he noticed that the aircraft was approaching over a populated area. Even as the speed of the ac was reducing rapidly, endangering his own safety, he steered the aircraft clear of the populated area below. Once sure that the trajectory of the ac was in a safe direction, he carried out an ejection. His extremely prompt re-action resulted in successful ejection by both pilots as well as the aircraft crashing into a safe area. Post ejection, Wg Cdr CG Deepak maneuvered his parachute skillfully to avoid obstructions and landed safely. Unperturbed by his own injuries, he located the co-pilot, ensured his safety and initiated measures to contact' Air Force officials at the base. In the meanwhile, a large number of people had started gathering around, he controlled the crowd to prevent any further damage to the accident site. With his ingenuity, by taking help from the crowd he facilitated the spotting of the accident site for the search and rescue operation by a helicopter. Knowing fully well about the risks of ejecting through an aircraft canopy and availability of critical time, Wg Cdr Deepak went well beyond the call of duty to ensure that the crippled aircraft was turned away from populated area, which prevented any collateral loss of life and damage to civil property. He displayed exceptional nerve and professional courage in the face of imminent danger to his life. For this act of exceptional courage, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Chickmandya Girish Deepak.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
31 Jan 2012Kiran HJT-16U-2462Wg Cdr Chickmandya Girish Deepak
Sqn Ldr K P Singh
FISRoutine training sortie. Crashed into a lake at Ayyancheri near Urapakkam village, about 35 km from Chennai.