Saturday, June 06, 2020

Retired AI Pilot Dies, Suspected Of Corona; Raises Concern Over Aviation Workers

New Delhi:  An Air India pilot, 58, who retired from the airline about a month back has reportedly died of COVID-19. “The captain had retired in April-end and has not flown in AI after that,”  an airline official was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

The senior captain was from the erstwhile Indian Airlines who operated the Airbus A320 and had also served as flight operation inspector in the DGCA, as per the TOI report.

His death has raised some serious concerns for the airline, which already has a significant number of pilots and cabin crew tested positive for coronavirus.

“We have 3-4 symptomatic; 30-40 asymptomatic and 150 quarantined pilots and cabin crew members. In all, about 200 of our crew members are either COVID positive or quarantined after passenger/s on the flight they operated tested positive,” an official further told the TOI.

Meanwhile, AI pilots are very agitated with authorities over the lack and delay of the salary payments while they keep risking their lives to bring stranded people home through Vande Bharat Mission.
06/06/20 Odisha Bytes
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