• Wednesday, June 19, 2024

INDIA

Air India A350 fleet chief pilot Sandeep Gupta dies

The 53-year-old was battling dengue for sometime.

Representational Image (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

SANDEEP Gupta, chief pilot of Air India’s long-range A350 aircraft fleet, passed away on Wednesday (20) in New Delhi, two officials of the airline confirmed.

He was 53 and suffering from dengue. He is survived by his wife and two children.

One of the officials said on the condition of anonymity that Captain Gupta was rushed to a hospital where he passed away.

Gupta became Air India’s 350 aircraft fleet’s chief pilot in 2022 as part of the carrier’s efforts to better its operations. The move coincided with the airline’s talks with Airbus for the induction of A350 aircraft after the Tata Group took over the loss-making carrier last year.

Gupta, who joined Air India in 1988, was the chief pilot of its Airbus 320 fleet before getting his latest appointment. He was also in charge of Air India’s Central Training Establishment in the southern city of Hyderabad.

Gupta joined Air India in 1988 and was earlier the chief pilot of its Airbus A320 fleet until 2022 and in charge of Air India’s Central Training Establishment in Hyderabad.

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