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Air India’s Moscow Bound Flight Returns As Pilot Found COVID Positive

As per officials, the crew has been quarantined and another plane would be sent to Moscow to bring back the stranded Indians.

New Delhi| On Saturday morning, an Air India’s Moscow bound plane was called back after the pilot tested positive for highly contagious COVID-19.

“The flight was immediately asked to return. It came back to Delhi at around 12.30 pm on Saturday,” the officials said.

The crew has been quarantined.

The aircraft only had the crew on-board. It was a ‘genuine oversight’ as his report was misread as negative, CNN News18 reported.

Following the same Air India will send another aircraft to Moscow later today.

Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, last week in a digital press conference, had confirmed that the Centre will try to start a good percentage of international flights before August.

The total cases in India surged to 173,763 including over 67,000 cured/discharged or migrated and  4,971 deaths amid lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Also Read: 8,381 Patients Discharged In Maharashtra In A Single Day, Highest Since The Outbreak

In the past 24 hours, 265  casualties were recorded, highest so far.

7,964 cases new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the last 24 hours, highest so far.

Currently, there are over 86,422 active COVID-19 patients in the country.

India is the 9th worst-affected country in terms of the total number of COVID-19 cases, overtaking Turkey, China and Iran.

(Inputs from Agencies)

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