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Wing Commander Prabha Mohan Mohandas Baliga

Service No & Branch 16817 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 04 Jun 1982 Course: 129 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 2007
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 04 Jun 1993Wg Cdr : 17 May 1999
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Nov 1982 - 01 Sep 1987Flt LtNo.59 SquadronChabua Squadron Pilot
01 Sep 1987 - 01 Nov 1990Flt LtNo.41 SquadronSarsawa/ Palam Squadron Pilot
01 Nov 1990 - 01 Dec 1993Sqn LdrBasic Flying Training SchoolAllahabad QFI & Flt Cdr
01 Dec 1993 - 01 Nov 1997Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
01 Nov 1997 - 01 Dec 1999Sqn Ldr4 WingAgra SFSIO
01 Jan 2000 - 01 Jun 2002Wg CdrSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Ops IIB
01 Jun 2002 - 01 Jun 2004Wg Cdr17 Forward Base Support UnitThiruvananthapuram Station Commander
01 Apr 2004 - 01 Aug 2004Wg Cdr5 Tactical Air CenterTezpur Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Aug 2004 - 01 Aug 2006Wg Cdr5 Tactical Air CenterTezpur Senior Officer Operations (Air)
01 Aug 2006 - 01 Jun 2007Wg CdrTraining CommandBangalore SFTO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrPrabha Mohan Mohandas Baliga16817 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1997
Details :

Squadron Leader Prabhamohan Mohandas Baliga was commissioned as a Transport Pilot on 04 Jun 82. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor holding A-2 instructional category and has been on the Flying Staff of Flying Instructors School at Tambaram since 05 Jan 95.

On 01 Nov 95, while carrying out an instructional sortie on Kiran aircraft, at a height of 14000 feet, he experienced engine vibrations followed by a flame out. He took over control immediately, turned towards base and attempted relights. After three unsuccessful attempts, he decided to force land the aircraft. At this stage, his height was barely sufficient to land on the runway in use. Thereafter, he took a prompt decision to land on secondary runway after ascertaining the winds. This decision ensured safe recovery of the aircraft resulting in a perfect dead stick landing at Tambaram airfield. Throughout the emergency, the pilot remained calm and composed and monitored all parameters vital for the investigation of the cause of the incident. Recovery of the aircraft ensured investigation of mechanical failure that occurred which would not have been possible if the aircraft had been abandoned.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Squadron Leader Prabhamohan Mohandas Baliga.

Unit : FIS
Reference : Gazette of India dated 15th March 1997 - No.19-Pres/97 dated 26th January 1997
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