New Delhi: Talk about not taking any chances, the AirAsia pilot-in-command on a Pune-Delhi flight last Friday decided to get out of the plane through the cockpit’s sliding window after landing as suspicion grew that a few suspected coronavirus-infected passengers got on board. Also Read - Chhattisgarh: Bodies Piled up at Hospital, on Floor by Dumpsters as COVID-19 Surge Grips Raipur
In a press statement, AirAsia India spokesperson said, “There was a case reported of suspected Covid-19 passengers aboard I5-732, Pune to New Delhi on 20th March 2020, seated in Row 1. The passengers were subsequently screened and tested negative.” Also Read - Amid COVID Spike, Delhi's Kalkaji Temple Makes E-passes Mandatory For Devotees During Navratri. Read Details
Taking safety measures, the aircraft was parked at a remote bay as the suspected passengers disembarked through the front door, while the remaining passengers got out from the back door, escorted by crew members. Also Read - India Gets 3rd COVID Vaccine As DCGI Approves Use Of Russia’s Sputnik V, to Produce 850 Million Doses Annually
“Crew in the cockpit self-quarantined till the cabin environment near the primary exit was ascertained to be safe. The Captain elected to disembark from the secondary exit using a secure trestle, given the close proximity of the seats from the cockpit,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson mentioned that aircraft was fumigated and a thorough disinfection and deep cleaning was carried out. Meanwhile, the crew members have isolated themselves for 14 days.
“Our crew are well trained for incidents of this nature and we would like to put on record our appreciation for their dedication in continuing to serve passengers with the utmost care in the current conditions,” the AirAsia spokesperson noted.