Amid the coronavirus outbreak, there is a group of people who are selflessly working day and night to evacuate Indians from COVID-10 affected areas. One of them is Swathi Raval- the first woman pilot to extinct flight.
Commander of the Air India Boeing 777, amassed a big round from Prime Minister Modi and several other Ministers for Airlifting 263 Indians Standard in Rome and bringing them back to Delhi amid coronavirus.
Captain Raval became the first female civil pilot to have undertaken a rescue mission.
I congratulate my wife Capt Swati Raval to become first civil women pilot to operate rescue flight @airindiain AI122 from Rome to Delhi to rescue 263 indian students. Really proud #CoronavirusPandemic @umashankarsingh @fayedsouza @BDUTT @ravishndtv @ndtvindia @aajtak
— Ajit Kumar Bhardwaj (@AjitKumarAIPC) March 22, 2020
PM Modi on Monday hailed the crew of Air India which has been evacuating stranded people from coronavirus-hit countries, a day after the airline complained that some “vigilante” resident welfare associations and neighbours were ostracising its crew members who went abroad as part of their duty.
The airline in a press release on Sunday said it was alarming that in many localities Air India crew members were facing ostracisation because they travelled abroad to evacuate Indians.
“Extremely proud of this team of @airindiain, which has shown utmost courage and risen to the call of humanity. Their outstanding efforts are admired by several people across India. #IndiaFightsCorona,” the prime minister tweeted.
Extremely proud of this team of @airindiain, which has shown utmost courage and risen to the call of humanity. Their outstanding efforts are admired by several people across India. #IndiaFightsCorona https://t.co/I7Czxep7bj
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 23, 2020
He tagged a tweet from aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri who said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” posting a photo of the crew of Air India Boeing 777 led by Captain Swati Raval and Captain Raja Chauhan who airlifted 263 Indians, mostly students, stranded in Rome.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
The crew of @airindiain Boeing 777 led by Capt Swati Raval & Capt Raja Chauhan responded to the call of duty & displayed exemplary determination by airlifting 263 Indians, mostly students, stranded in Rome. pic.twitter.com/JfqC7kwmGG
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) March 22, 2020
Not just the Rome rescue op, Air India also evacuated stranded Indians from Milan last week and was among the first airlines to evacuate Indians from Wuhan, the epicentre of Coronavirus.
On Feb 1, an Air India 747 flew to Wuhan, the then epicentre of Coronavirus to rescue 324 stranded Indians, one of the earliest rescue ops by any government globally. A day later, the same aircraft rescued 323 more Indians along with 7 Maldivian nationals.