4 SpiceJet pilots had to spend almost a day in a flight in Croatia, due to no RT-PCR report.

On Tuesday, 4 SpiceJet’s Pilots had to remain in a flight (Boeing 737) for almost a full day after they landed in Zagreb, Croatia from Delhi, India. The reason being SpiceJet failed to make their pilots go through a mandatory pre-flight RT-PCR tests. Now, since they failed to produce a negative RT-PCR test report they weren’t allowed to get off the aircraft in Croatia.

According to SpiceJet the 2 commanders and other 2 first officers flew a cargo plane without any passengers to Zegrab from Delhi on May 11 and they were made to stay on board during their layover in Croatia for almost 21hours.

“Prior to departure from India, e-mail confirmation was received from Croatian authorities that RT-PCR is not required for crew. On arrival in Zagreb, crew was told that orders have changed. Due to sudden and massive increase in Covid cases in India, they have now been instructed that RT-PCR is required. This came as a surprise (to us).”

“Since crew could not fly back immediately due to flight duty time limitation restrictions, bedding, food and water was provided in the aircraft and the plane was cleaned. DGCA permission was obtained. Crew rested in aircraft for 21 hours (as mandated by regulation). They then flew back to Delhi. All crew confirmed that they were comfortable and happy with the arrangements,” said a SpiceJet official in his statement on the matter.

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