The government on Tuesday hit back at the striking Air India pilots by sacking 10 of them and sending doctors to check on scores of others who had reported sick.
With around 275 pilots skipping duty, a team of doctors started visiting their homes since morning. They first called on pilots who have been reporting ill since May 5.
“We are concerned about the health of our pilots, so a team of doctors is being sent to their homes,” said GP Rao, AI spokesperson.
The airline also approached the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the regulator, to get the pilots examined by air force doctors as well. Twenty flights were cancelled on Tuesday in the ongoing strike.