Five pilots of Air India and two employees of the national carrier's engineering services subsidiary AIESL have tested positive for coronavirus, airline sources said on Sunday.
Air India, which is operating flights to evacuate Indians stranded in foreign countries, have asked its pilots to undertake a coronavirustest before they operate such flights, the sources said.
'Five Air Indiapilots have tested positive for coronavirus. These pilots were tested one after one. We suspect it could be a case of faulty testing kit as well,' said one of the sources.
The five pilots fly Boeing 787 planes, the second source said.
A senior airline official said the five pilots had not operated any flight in the last three weeks. 'These pilots had operated cargo flights to China prior to April 20.'