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Wing Commander Nitin Khanna

Service No 25617 Branch F(P)
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Date Commissioned 19 Jun 1999 Course 163 Course
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Wg Cdr : 19 Jun 2012
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Sqn LdrNitin Khanna25617 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2009Announced 26 Jan 2009
Details : Squadron Leader Nitin Khanna (25617) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)Squadron (Sqn) since 03 Sep 2007. On 14 May 2008, Sqn Ldr Khanna was authorised to fly as External Pilot on Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). After an uneventful launch at a distance of 42 Kms from base, at the height of 12,000 feet, the UAV developed an emergency with engine oil system. Realizing the gravity of the emergency and engine seizure being an imminent possibility, he discussed with the crew all the possible height-distance combination and hence it's positioning on finals or that phase of circuit which would provide the best force landing scenario. While rejoining the UAV's engine seized, at a distance of 5 km from base at an altitude of 3800 feet. Sqn Ldr Khanna promptly guided the Internal Pilot for appropriate positioning of the UAV for quick visual sighting. On sighting the UAV, he promptly took over control of the UAV, after quickly resolving the situation he maneuvered the UAV dexterously and executed a safe recovery. Sqn Ldr Khanna displayed exemplary professionalism in an unprecedented emergency. It was because of his calm composure, exceptional flying skills, flawless appreciation in resolving the situation, above par situational awareness and executing the most important phase of the emergency (force landing) with utmost finesse that an UAV with a dead engine was recovered safely which is first of its kind in the IAF For exceptional devotion to duty and displaying professionalism of the highest order in handling an emergency, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Squadron Leader Nitin Khanna.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet