Gallant Captain Swati Raval Rescues Stranded Indians During Coronavirus Pandemic

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What did Captain Raval do to get the attention and appreciation of even PM Narendra Modi himself? 

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the Prime Minister's complete lockdown initiative, hundreds of Indians have been left stranded in different parts of the world. On 22nd of March, AirIndia released a statement claiming that they will be pulling out all stops to evacuate those Indians who happen to be stranded in different locations hit by the coronavirus pandemic. One among the determined crew set to take out this rescue mission was Captain Swati Rawal. 

Mother of a 5-year-old and commander of Air India 777, Captain Rawal flew 263 Indians from Rome, Italy- the current epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic - back to India, putting her very own life at risk. She is also now India’s first women pilot to have operated a rescue flight. 

Swathi Rawal has been a commercial pilot for over 15 years now, although her initial dream was to become a fighter pilot- something that was not widely encouraged for women to be at the time. To the nation, Captain Rawal will always be viewed as a true fighter. 

The Prime Minister and other senior leaders of Air India also took to social media to share their thoughts on the rescue and evacuation of Indians from Rome. A number of other members of the Indian air force who evacuated Indians shared tweets of encouragement as well, and for all the right reasons.

We salute you, Captain!


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