An Air India’s Delhi-Moscow Airbus A-320 Neo (VT-EXR) flight which was going to bring back stranded Indians, was directed to return midway on saturday morning from Uzbekistan’s airspace after ground team found out about the pilot being coronavirus positive.
Airlines officials informed that there was some error in the pre-flight test report and it was oversighted as negative following which captain boarded the flight.
“When the A320 plane, which did not have any passengers as it was heading to Moscow to bring back stranded Indians under Vande Bharat Mission, had reached Uzbekistan’s airspace, our team on ground realised that one of the pilots had tested COVID-positive,” senior Air India officials said.
“The flight was immediately asked to return. It came back to Delhi at around 12.30 pm on Saturday,” the officials added.
According to the officials, rest of the crew have been quarantined and another flight would be sent to Moscow to bring back the stranded Indians.