An Air India flight from Delhi to Moscow had to return midway on Saturday, after the airline's ground team found that one of the pilots had tested positive for the coronavirus, PTI reported. The results of these tests are centrally processed by the airline.
The incident occurred 2-3 hours after it took-off from Delhi airport and developed some technical snag after which, it was called back by the ground staff. All crew members including the pilot with coronavirus infection have been quarantined, the officials said, adding the plane has already been sanitised.
The return path of the Air India plane headed for Moscow for repatriation mission
It further said that any laxity in the matter would be dealt with severity.
However, under the government's Vande Bharat Mission, national carrier Air India has been operating flights to bring back Indians stranded overseas.More news: World Reacts with Anger, Dismay to US Man’s Death
The test report was being checked by the co-pilot when the flight was on the air.
According to standard operating procedure, pilots and other crew members of any flight are required to undergo mandatory testing for coronavirus and are assigned duties if the laboratory results are negative. "The person checking the test result status of crew who have tested negative and hence are available for rostering cleared an A320 crew for the Delhi-Moscow flight", said sources. In this case, according to airline sources, the pre-flight check personnel failed to scrutinise the said pilot's report and deemed him fit to fly. On return, immediately after landing all cockpit and cabin crew have been tested and all laid down medical precautions are being taken to ensure their health and safety.More news: Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins named to 2019 'All-Clutch Team'
With Air India flights, private and chartered flights have also begun to operate in bringing back the stranded Indians.More news: NHL Awards: Oilers’ Draisaitl captures Art Ross Trophy