The Indian Commercial Pilot Association (ICPA) has requested the airline to clarify the safety protocols with respect to Covid-19 from the national airline Air India.
If pilot-groups consider a positive case of Covid-20 on a flight in domestic operations and also find a positive case of Covid-19 on a flight in the sense of Vande Bharat project in the following procedure, the pilots requested clarity.
The Association says that "the SOP for the movement of Indians outside the country needs an RT-PCR passenger check and that the same check is not pursued.
In a strong written letter to Air India, the ICPA expressed its outrage that the numerous safety procedures needed for the Vande Bharat flights had to be followed.
The ICPA said the crew experienced what it was "traumatic," because of the latest incident that a pilot was required to return on the flight from Delhi to Moscow shortly after he took off, as it was learned that it was Covid-19 positive.
According the report to the executive officer, the national carrier had not coordinating with the other departments, which indicated that the workers had to endur abuse.
"The majority of the crew had to wait for food and water for the entire day. Delhi Airport health officials did not obey state instructions and the pre- and post-flight routine to be adopted by Covid-19 trials for Vande Bharat Mission flights crew had been thrown out the window, so the crew was shuffled to several locations without any reason," the letter said.
"It was only when the institutional quarantine facilities refused to accept their crew they were allowed to go home for 14 days to take home isolation. Not to mention the post-flight testing Covid-19 was infringed.