An American Airlines pilot, in Dallas – Fort Worth, tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19).
“The medical department and the leaders of American Airlines are keeping in touch with our pilots in Dallas – Fort Worth was positive for corona virus,” the statement said.
The airline did not specify whether the pilot had a recent flight, or disclosed personal information.
The company also said it was in contact with the US quarantine agency (CDC).
This information raises concerns about the Covid-19 epidemic in the US, amid a rapid increase in the number of cases and up to 1,638 cases in 46 states and Washington, D.C. as of March 13, with 41 deaths, according to the New York Times.
The aviation industry is wreaking havoc as the Covid-19 pandemic is still spreading in the United States, causing many flights to be canceled and President Trump has ordered restrictions on travel between the US and Europe.
Robert Mann, an aviation consultant, said the case at American Airlines would probably be just the beginning of many others.
“I would be quite shocked if there were no more cases,” Mann said. “So did the flight attendants. The concern here is that the motivated crew – sometimes financially, sometimes fearful of the consequences – to keep flying when they are sick, and they may just treat it as a normal feeling. ”
In the US, the disease is causing more and more turmoil. The American Student Sports Union has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball, the professional baseball (MLB), postponed the opening day, while Disneyland Park announced it was closed.
In New York, one of the top tourist destinations, iconic venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera are all closed, and theatrical theaters on Broadway are expected. will turn off the light.