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Girl copter pilot amongst 7 awarded IAF gallantry medal | India Information – Occasions of India

NEW DELHI: A girl helicopter pilot, who flew a number of sorties to rescue 47 folks from a flood-hit area final yr, is among the many seven IAF personnel who’ve been awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for gallantry.
The seven embrace 4 pilots, Wing Commander Deepika Misra, Group Captains Rahul Singh and Ravi Nanda, and Flight Lt D Ravindra Rao. The others are Squadron Chief Dilip Gurnani, Sergeants Parminder Singh and Shyam Veer Singh.
Wing Commander Deepika, flying a Dhruv superior gentle helicopter, was tasked together with different chopper pilots to undertake humanitarian help and catastrophe aid operations in response to flash floods in northern MP on August 2 final yr. “Despite the odds of deteriorating weather, strong winds and the nearing sunset, Wing Commander Deepika negotiated the challenging weather and was the first and only respondent to reach the affected area on the same evening,” an IAF officer stated.
The preliminary aerial reconnaissance and inputs supplied by her proved instrumental in planning of all the rescue operation by IAF, NDRF, SDRF and different civil authorities.
Wing Commander Deepika additionally swung into motion to select up stranded folks from roads, fields and flooded grounds in her helicopter after which drop them to safer locations.
“In one instance, she had to evacuate four villagers from a roof top. Despite the high risk of spatial disorientation due to limited visual cues and flowing water, she was successful in saving their lives. The rescue operation lasted for eight days and she saved lives of 47 people, ,” the officer stated.


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