5 Air India pilots test positive for coronavirus

Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Air India, which is operating flights to evacuate Indians stranded in foreign countries, has asked its pilots to undertake coronavirus tests before they operate such flights, the sources said.

Five pilots of Air India have tested positive for coronavirus, airline sources said on Sunday.

All the five affected pilots have been operating Boeing 787 Flights.

“Five Air India pilots have tested positive for coronavirus. These pilots were tested one after one. We suspect it could be a case of faulty testing kit as well,” one of the sources told PTI.

A senior airline official said the five pilots had not operated any flight in the last three weeks. "These pilots had operated cargo flights to China prior to April 20," the official said.

The national carrier has been operating through the lockdown period, initially rescuing Indians stranded in COVID-19 nations, including Italy and Iran.
Currently, they are engaged in ferrying back stranded Indians from various nations in what is possibly the biggest rescue operation since the Gulf war.

The phased rescue-op started from May 7 and the airline is expected to operate 64 flights in the first week to bring back around 15,000 Indians. More than 1,90,000 Indians have registered for the flights back home.

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