There was a case reported of suspected Covid-19 passengers aboard I5-732, Pune to New Delhi on 20th March 2020 (Photo Credit: Image for representation)
The pilot-in-command of an Air Asia flight chose to come out of the plane via a sliding window after learning there were suspected coronavirus-infected passengers aboard. The pilot of Air Asia India's Pune-Delhi flight had to come out of the plane through cockpit's secondary exit, which is a sliding window last Friday.
An 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."
As a safety measure after landing, the aircraft was parked at a remote bay and suspected passengers disembarked from the front door, the spokesperson noted. All other passengers, escorted by the crew, disembarked from the rear door of the aircraft, the spokesperson added.
"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.
"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 spokesperson noted.