During April and May, India and its aviation sector had been badly hit by the coronavirus infection's second wave, which is receding currently.
The incident happened around 4 pm owing to bad weather when the flight was around 25 nautical miles from Kolkata, Pattabhi said.
Air India officials said five senior pilots - captains Harsh Tiwary, G P S Gill, Prasad Karmakar, Sandeep Rana and Amitesh Prasad - of the national carrier died of Covid.
Vistara has nine A320ceo, 27 A320neo, two Boeing B787-9 and six Boeing 737-800NG aircraft in its fleet.
The drop in domestic air traffic in April is due to the second wave of the pandemic that has badly hit India and its aviation sector.
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Delhi government had last week announced that it will be mandatory for anyone travelling to Delhi from Maharashtra to carry a negative RT-PCR report dated 72 hours prior to arrival.
The Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines joint venture airline had in June 2020 announced a reduction in salary of nearly 40 per cent of the total workforce till December 31.
However, unlike domestic market, international air travel from India is far from recovery as only special flights are permitted currently from India under air bubble arrangements.
The inaugural flight, operated by a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, departed Delhi at 3.30 am (IST) on Thursday and landed in Frankfurt at 7.55 am (CET), Vistara said in a release.
Vistara, joint venture airline of Tata Group and Singapore Airlines, has completed six years of operation since it made its maiden flight.
All UK flights are being operated from India under the bilateral air bubble arrangement between the two countries.
Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Vistara have flagged serious concerns over the data on technical snags faced by airlines in 2017, which was provided by the government in Parliament.
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The incident came to light when Zaira shared the ordeal she had to go through en route Mumbai in the flight in an Instagram story.
Reportedly, the man sitting behind her on her flight was caressing her neck while she was asleep. She tried to record what the man was doing, but failed due to dim lights.