Pilot Found COVID-19 Positive

Delhi-Moscow AI flight returns midway

New Age Desk | Published: 01:18, May 31,2020


An Air India aircraft winging its way from Delhi to Moscow with no passengers on board on Saturday morning had to be called back to Delhi from over Uzbekistan after the airline realised that one of the pilots on-board had tested corona positive, reports The Times of India.

An oversight by the team checking pre-flight test reports of crew members had mistakenly read this captain’s positive report as negative and released him for the ferry flight (meaning with no passengers and only crew) that was going to fly back Indians from Moscow.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is investigating this case. ‘Prima facie it appears to be a lapse,’ said a senior DGCA official.

The Airbus A-320 Neo returned to Delhi at about 12.30pm and now the crew will be quarantined as per norms. This plane will be fumigated and the airline is sending another A320 Neo to Moscow later on Saturday afternoon to fly back Indians from there.

Airline sources say: ‘This was a genuine oversight due to the massive amount of test results that need to be gone through.

Delhi base alone sees testing of 300 crew members daily due to which more labs had to be roped in.  

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