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Wing Commander Viman Kumar Arora

Service No & Branch 12954 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 22 Jan 1972 Course: 107 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 1994
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991
Training and Other Courses Attended
38 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197042 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 09 May 1987
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

17 Jul 1992 - 24 Jan 1994Wg CdrNo.121 Helicopter FlightBombay Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Shaurya Chakra
Wg CdrViman Kumar Arora12954 F(P)Award Date 11 Nov 1992Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details :

On 11th November, 1992, Wing Commander Viman Kumar Arora, the Commanding Officer (CO), Squadron Leader Anil Kumar Gupta and Sergeant Ramesh Chand, Flight Gunner were on a helicopter flight entrusted with the task of providing logistics support to ONGC at Bombay High.

On the return flight, due to a serious emergency while the helicopter was still over the sea, Wing Commander Arora decided to land the helicopter in the nearest available platform. Suddenly the helicopter experienced a total loss of power and it crashed into the sea. The cockpit was immediately flooded. Wing Commander Arora managed to make good his escape from the rapid sinking helicopter. He was soon followed by Squadron Leader Gupta. In the mean while Sergeant Ramesh Chand had prepared the passengers for a quick exit on impact. He threw out the dingy as soon as the helicopter hit the water but it was pushed back. Sergeant Ramesh Chand, with total disregard to personal safety, assisted seven to eight passengers in getting out the sinking helicopter.

In the meanwhile, Wg Cdr Arora, saw a passenger struggling for his life. He swam across to help him. In the state of panic, the passenger struggled and tried to push Wing Commander Arora, in the process causing injuries to him. Despite this, Wing Commander Arora persisted with his efforts and was able to save the passenger from drowning. Thereafter he saw another passenger struggling for survival. He swam to the passenger and helped the passenger to hold on to him till the help arrived.

On emerging from the cockpit, Squadron Leader Gupta had noticed a passenger shouting for help. He swam across and provided the needed help, thus ensuring the passenger's survival. He then observed the Flight Engineer, the fourth crew member, was injured and in danger. Unmindful of his own safety, Squadron leader Gupta swam across to the Flight Engineer and assisted him to stay afloat.

Wing Commander Viman Kumar Arora, the Commanding Officer (CO), Squadron Leader Anil Kumar Gupta and Sergeant Ramesh Chand, thus, displayed exemplary courage and presence of mind, in saving valuable lives.

Unit : 121 HF
Reference : Gazette of India , 9th April 1994 - No.25 - Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
11 Nov 1992Mil Mi-8Wg Cdr Viman Kumar Arora
121 HFon loan to ONGC cr i
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