In a bid to urge people to stay at home and observe self-isolation, a pilot decided to use the sky as his canvas to spread an important message.
The Austrian pilot, who is unnamed as of now, reportedly took off his Diamond DA40 Diamond Star aircraft to remind people to stay home to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Detour To Spread Awareness
The flight from Wiener Neustadt to Graz airport, which was 24 minutes long, saw the pilot take a few looping detours to spell out the words ‘S T A Y H O M E’ in the sky. After he was done, he took a long loop back to land at his destination.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) March 16, 2020
It is currently unclear who the pilot was or if there was anybody else in the small, four-seater aircraft alongside him or what the purpose of the flight was (besides the quarantine-themed message).
However, with the global pandemic reaching unprecedented levels, it is imperative to follow isolation rules set by the respective governments. And the effort by the pilot is appreciated!
Pilots, Crew Are Doing National Service During These Times Of Crises
While many of us around the world are able to work from home, pilots and crew members continue to show up to work despite the coronavirus scare, putting their lives at major risk. However, a recent report of Air India pilots and crew facing ostracization by resident welfare groups for being involved in rescue operations that brought stranded Indians across the world back home in these times of crises is disheartening. It is unfair to put these heroes to shame, when they’re going out of their way, performing national duty. One such hero, Air India Pilot Dushyant Kamath, was interviewed by Curly Tales. Read his story here: I’m An Air India Pilot & Yes, We Are Still Working Through The COVID-19 Outbreak
While the Indian Government has finally shut down all domestic flights in the country till March 31, it had already suspended all international flights from Sunday for a week. India is currently in a near lockdown state with 492 coronavirus positive cases and 10 reported deaths.