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Squadron Leader Pasupathy Venkataraman

Service No & Branch 18689 F(P)
Date of Birth: 04 Jun 1965 Commissioned: 06 Dec 1986 Course: 138 Course
Service End: Died in Service 11 Jan 1999 (34 Years age) Aircraft Loss HS-748 at . AWACS Version
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 06 Dec 1991
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtPasupathy Venkataraman18689 F(P)Award Date 19 Aug 1991Announced 26 Jan 1992
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Pasupathy Venkatraman is on the posted strength of one of the Air Force Squadron since 16 Oct 89. He has a total experience of 758:00 hours, of which 225:00 hours are on MiG-27 ML aircraft.

On 19 Aug 91, while carrying out a night practice level bombing sortie over a Range in MiG-27 ML aircraft, the detachable wingmounted gun pods got released accidentally, when the trigger for release for bombs was pressed. Flt Lt Venkataraman felt a very violent wing-rock, which he immediately countered and climbed to a safe height.

The gun­pod had caused extensive damage to the leading edge of the starboard wing and starboard flaps. Being a night sortie, he had no means of assessing the extent of damage visually. However, during the subsequent low speed handling check, when he selected flaps down, he noticed a marked "rolling" tendency. The "rolling" became progressively severe as the speed was reduced. He therefore decided to carry out a flapless landing.

Drawing upon the reserves of his limited flying skills, Flt Lt Venkataraman executed an extremely dangerous and critical flapless landing by night with no damage to the aircraft.

Flt Lt Venkataraman displayed outstanding presence of mind in a potentially dangerous situation. By his exceptionally cool and professional handling in a disastrous situation, he landed a crippled aircraft safely against all adversities.

For his exemplary courage in handling a potentially disastrous emergency by night and outstanding professionalism in landing a crippled aircraft, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Flt Lt P Venkataraman.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
11 Jan 1999HS-748H-2175Sqn Ldr Pasupathy Venkataraman +
Sqn Ldr Nipani Venkat Seshu +
ASTEAWACS Version, Cr in
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