An Air India flight from Delhi to Moscow on Saturday had to return midway after the airline's ground team acknowledged that one of the pilots had tested positive for novel coronavirus, The flight was immediately asked to return. It came back towards Delhi at around 12.30 pm on Saturday," the officials said. "When the A320 plane, which did not have any passengers because it had been heading towards Moscow to bring back stranded Indians under Vande Bharat Mission( of the government), had reached Uzbekistan's airspace, our team on the ground realized that one of the pilots had tested COVID19-positive," senior Air India officials said-.
A Moscow-bound Air India flight had to return midway while overflying Uzbekistan after the airline realized that one of the pilots had tested COVID-19 positive. “Prima facie it appears to be a lapse. We will investigate the incident,” a DGCA official said. According to a standard operating procedure, pilots and other crew members of any flight are required to undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 and are assigned duties if the laboratory results are negative.
The crew has been quarantined. Another plane would be sent to Moscow to bring back the stranded Indians, consistent with the officials. Air India has been operating Vande Bharat flights to bring back Indians stranded in foreign countries since May 7. Air India announces more flights to expel Indians The flights will expel Indians from the US, UK, Germany, South Korea, New Zealand, and Sweden.
“Additional flights announced by @airIndia in under Mission Vande Bharat. Delhi to Auckland on June 4. Delhi to Chicago; Stockholm on June 5. Delhi to NY, Frankfurt & Seoul on June 6. and Mumbai to London; Newark on June 6," Union Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted. He said that bookings for the flight timings would start from 11 am on May 30.