A passenger on board an IndiGo flight to Pune announced just before take-off from Delhi that he was COVID-19 positive, prompting the pilot to return to the parking bay for safety of the passengers, sources have said.
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The IndiGo flight 6E-286 was preparing for take-off for Pune on Thursday when the man told the cabin crew that h e was COVID-19 positive and showed them documents to prove it.
“On March 4, a passenger announced himself that he was travelling to Pune and that he was Covid positive. He informed flight crew on board,” an Indigo official told ANI on Friday.
A Delhi-Pune IndiGo flight was about to take off from the Delhi Airport when a passenger informed the crew members that his Covid test report had just arrived and that he had tested positive.
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The pilot of the Airbus A320 Neo then radioed the ground controllers about the situation and decided to return, the sources said. An announcement was made by the pilot that passengers on three rows of seats – from 6 to 8 – should get down first and wait in a coach for containment. The COVID-19 positive passenger sat in one of these rows.
The seats had to be disinfected and seat covers changed before the flight could take off again. “The airline followed the Covid-19 guidelines laid down by the government and aviation authority,” the official added.
Later, the passenger, who claimed that he was COVID-19 positive, was handed over to the airport medical authority and his result came out positive.