| Wing Commander Maneesh Kumar Ray (22980) Flying (Pilot) was on the posted strength of an An-32 Squadron in Jorhat from 20 Jun 11 to 30 Ju113, as the Flight Commander. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and holds Cat/lR of AMG on An-32. He has a total of more than 6000 hrs of accident free flying to his credit. On 29 May 13, Wg Cdr MK Ray was planned for an Aircraft and Engine check sortie at Jorhat. During rejoin, Wg Cdr Ray noticed that the main indicating compass was stuck on a westerly heading while the other heading indicators were functioning normally. Thereafter the co-pilot side Altimeter Failure warning came on. Subsequently the 'CHECK ELECT POWER' and "RIGHT ALTERNATOR OFF" and the "RIGHT AUTO FEATHER READY" light went OFF, indicating a problem with the electrical system. One attempt to connect the failed electrical supply was made, however it did not connect. After some time the 'Right Oil Temperature' indicator failed. On selection of flaps, the flap position indicator remained stuck at zero. The crew anticipated and prepared for multiple electrical failures. On downwind the nose wheel steering "READY TAKE OFF LAND" warning was coming on at a speed of 280 kph and bank 15 deg. The crew requested activation of crash services for a possible asymmetric withdrawal of propellers on landing that can lead to the aircraft going off the runway. As an added precaution, Wg Cdr MK Ray selected the batteries to main power line for landing. Wg Cdr MK Ray carried out a precise landing but the propellers failed to unlatch on withdrawal. Acting instinctively, Wg Cdr Ray immediately closed bath the fuel supply valves, however only the left propeller feathered causing the aircraft to veer viciously to one side. Without losing his composure and remaining calm in a difficult situation, he made a valiant attempt to maintain control of the aircraft and simultaneously tried to feather the right propeller manually by KFL button but the engine did not feather. Without giving up under the demanding circumstances, he shut down the engine using hydraulic toggles and ordered the crew for a quick exit. The multiple failure of this nature is considered extremely rare and does not find mention in any flight manuals. Considering the fact that the emergency occurred during the critical stage of landing, it called for courage of a high order under imminent danger so as to act in the best possible manner. Wg Cdr Ray, as the captain of the aircraft, lived up the demands of the situation and remained un-flinched in spite of an imminent danger to the lives of all the crew. For displaying act of exceptional courage and professional acumen in handling an unprecedented emergency, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Maneesh Kumar Ray.