Monday, June 08, 2020

Coronavirus Hero Captain Swati Raval On How Hard It Was To Stay Away From Her Kids During Self-Quarantine

During the coronavirus pandemic, Captain Swati Raval was the first woman pilot to fly the Air India Boeing 777 to Rome and bring back 263 stranded Indian passengers under the Vande Bharat Mission. The airline pilot was celebrated and lauded for operating a flight during the pandemic to bring back stranded countrymen.
Now, the inspirational Captain has opened up to social media page 'Humans of Bombay' about her journey of rescuing stranded Indians from Rome and what she went through as she had to stay away from her 18-month-old daughter, who would scream, cry and even sneak into her room to meet her mother while being quarantined at home.

Talking about the moment she received the call to pilot the flight, Captain Swati Raval said, "On March 20, I got a call from my team that I had to pilot a flight from Delhi to Rome on the next day as it was a rescue flight to bring back 263 Indian passengers from Rome back to Delhi"

The Air India pilot also revealed details about the quick decision making process which she had to take keeping in mind the sacrifices she had to make after returning by staying away from her children. But the thought of the 263 Indians waiting to come back home is why I accepted the proposal to fly the flight. Raval said, "I had 5 seconds to answer him, and all I could think about was my 5 year old son and 18 month old daughter. The memory of my daughter falling sick a few months before, while I was flying, made me hesitant. But the thought of those 263 Indians desperately waiting to go back home to their families made me agree. So I gathered courage and said, Yes, I will pilot this flight'. I left the next day, kissing my kids goodbye (sic)."
08/06/20 Mid Day
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