Air India special flight lands in Delhi. (ANI)
Air India special flight lands in Delhi. (ANI)

Coronavirus scare: Air India flies back 324 Indians, 6 offloaded in Wuhan

  • The passengers, mostly students, who were evacuated from Wuhan, will be kept in isolation for 14 days at the ITBP centre in Chhawla
  • According to the Indian Embassy in Beijing, there will be another flight to evacuate the remaining Indian nationals

A special Air India flight carrying 324 Indians landed in Delhi today morning. The Boeing 747 Jumbo aircraft had taken off from Wuhan's Tianhe International Airport in the early hours and landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi at 7:26 am.

The passengers, mostly students, who were evacuated from Wuhan, will be kept in isolation for 14 days at the ITBP centre in Chhawla in the national capital.

Chinese authorities did not allow six Indians on board after they reported high temperatures during screening. "Six passengers were offloaded as they had high temperatures," a passenger told ANI.

A screening camp has been set up at the Delhi Airport where they will be screened before they are put under quarantine.

All the passengers will go through necessary screening and following that will be put under observation. Ministry of External Affairs, Health Ministry and the Army will make arrangements for the passengers.


The Union Health Ministry had said on Friday that the government has made adequate quarantine camps at Manesar ((managed by Armed Forces Medical Services) and at Chhawla (managed by ITBP).

Air India jumbo plane - with a team of doctors, and all necessary resources like masks, medical equipment, packed food, prescribed medicines -had departed from Delhi on Friday.

According to the Indian Embassy in Beijing, there will be another flight to evacuate the remaining Indian nationals.

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