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Wing Commander Omar Browne

Service No & Branch 29006 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: Commissioned: 17 Jun 2006 Course: 177 Course
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Wg Cdr : 17 Jun 2019
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrOmar Browne29006 F(P)Award Date 25 Sep 2012Announced 15 Aug 2013
Details : Squadron Leader Omar Browne (29006) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of Su-30 MKI squadron since 04 Jun 12. On 25 Sep 12. Squadron Leader Omar Browne was authorized to fly a 2 Vs 1 training mission as the Captain on Su-30 MKI aircraft along with a Under Training Operations Weapon System Operator. Flying Officer Shobhit Mishra (31485) Flying (Pilot). Thirty minutes after takeoff, while engaged in the second air combat situation at an altitude of 4.2 km and speed 790 KMPH, the pilot experienced severe restriction in the forward movement of the control stick in his cockpit. This prevented the aircraft from achieving normal rate descent to lower altitudes. Retaining his composure during this unusual emergency, the pilot called off the combat and analysed the situation with remarkable professionalism. He checked all cockpit indications meticulously, cross checked controllability of the aircraft from the rear cockpit and assessed the feasibility of executing a landing with limited Rate of Descend (ROD) using full nose down longitudinal trim and maximum forward pressure on the control column. This was further aggravated when on lowering the undercarriage the aircraft nose started pitching up and control stick jammed in the neutral position with no forward movement at all. As a result the longitudinal control was possible only with limited longitudinal trim available. Demonstrating exceptional skill and composure under high stress. the pilot could achieve a max ROD of 3-5 m's only with trimmers at a speed of 430-410 KMPH in landing configuration. Without any panic the pilot took a calculated risk and decided to attempt a landing after deliberation on the possibility to climb up and abandon the aircraft in case unable to land. Squadron Leader Omar Browne regulated fuel to make the aircraft light and executed a long and shallow approach with 2-3 m, s ROD using only the trimmer till flare out. Even after touchdown the pilot could not lower the aircraft nose wheel with stick force and had to resort to the use of forward trim. Finally the pilot was able to execute a safe landing from this grave situation. Post flight analysis by the court of inquiry revealed that the control stick was not moving ahead of the neutral position due to mechanical blockage of the control run by a loose metallic strip getting stuck at the lower portion of control column. The pilot has demonstrated immense courage, highest level of professionalism, superlative decision making backed by knowledge and exceptional flying skills to recover the aircraft from an otherwise inevitable accident. For his exceptional display of courage and flying skills in the face of a life threatening situation, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Omar Brown.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
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