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Pilots, cabin crew quarantined on return from London cleared of Covid-19

KARACHI: Four pilots and cabin crew from the Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) special flight that arrived at Karachi airport from London on Sunday morning have tested negative for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), reported ARY News.

A spokesperson for the national flag carrier said the Sindh health secretary allowed the pilots and cabin crew to go home after their tests for the contagion came out negative.

The pilots and the cabin crew were quarantined after they landed at the Karachi airport on Sunday morning against, what the Pakistan Airline Pilots’ Association (PALPA) said, the instructions of the Government of Pakistan regarding safety precautions for the airline’s staff.

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Taking exception to the incident, the Pakistan Airline Pilots’ Association (PALPA) stopped pilots from flying and brought their reservations to the notice of PIA CEO Arshad Malik.

“It has come to our notice that on recently operated “humanitarian flights” safety has been compromised and COVID-19 related SOPs have been ignored,” reads a statement released by PALPA.

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The circulation reads that the safety and health of crew members remain an utmost priority and PALPA will not compromise on the safety of its members.

“The safety and health of our crew members has always been and remains our utmost priority. PALPA will in no circumstances compromise on the safety of its members,” it added.

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