Monday, June 22, 2020

No passenger stranded in Sydney: Air India

New Delhi: National carrier Air India on Monday rebutted allegations that passengers of its Sydney-Delhi flight were stranded in the Australian city after the pilot was tested positive for COVID-19.
Incidentally, the pilot had earlier tested negative for the pandemic and was on standby to operate another flight.
However, due to certain circumstances, he was rostered to operate the flight to Sydney. This move disturbed the synchronised pattern in which tests are conducted in the airline and this delayed the pilots test report.
Accordingly, sources said that the pilot was informed about his positive report once he landed in Australia under the SoPs.
The incident happened on the Sydney-Delhi flight on June 20.
According to sources, the crew, including the pilot has been quarantined by the Australian authorities.
Consequently, Air India rushed a replacement crew to operate the flight.
On its part Air India in a statement said: "The said pilot had a valid pre-flight covid negative test report just before operating the flight."
"We had no flight to Sydney yesterday, so no one is stranded there. The crew operating today's flight will take their mandatory rest and operate back. We have adhered to all the laid down protocols in this regard."
22/06/20 IANS/daijiworld
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