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Ministry of Defence
(25-January, 2014 21:23 IST )

President Confers Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Syed Muzaffar Yunus Flying (Pilot)


Wing Commander Syed Muzaffer Yunus Flying (Pilot) is the Commanding Officer of a Mi-17 V5 Helicopter Unit in northern sector wef 11 Jun 12.

On 17 Jun 2013, the unit was tasked for ‘Operation Rahat’ in Uttarakhand. He was the captain of first rescue mission by a Mi-17 V5 helicopter to rescue distressed and injured pilgrims from an unprepared and restricted landing site adjacent to Kedarnath temple at an elevation of approximately 11200 feet. He was quick enough to pick up the distressed pilgrims including 15 old women and exhausted men, in shortest possible time, catering for inclement weather. Throughout that day, he braved and battled against the weather and executed daring landing at untried and unprepared sites rescuing more than 100 persons.

On 21 Jun 2013, once again, Wing Commander Yunus was part of the first Rescue mission at Badrinath, where thousands of pilgrims were stranded, at an elevation of 10,300 feet. He displayed fearless determination and evacuated more than 350 pilgrims in one single day to Joshimath involving eighteen sorties. During these operations, he flew a total of 96 sorties in 46:00 hours and rescued more than One thousand stranded pilgrims.

This act of exceptional courage and fearless determination, Wing Commander Syed Muzaffar Yunus is recommended for the award of Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).

RCD
(Release ID :102751)



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