Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Delhi airport shut for 40 mins after drone spotted

Delhi airport shut for 40 mins after drone spotted

The flight operations have now resumed.

Sanjay Bhatia, Deputy Commissioner of Police at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, said the pilot who was flying from Goa to Delhi reported having seen the object near Dwarka area adjoining the airport around 7.10 p.m.

All three runways shut at Delhi airport.

It was resumed shortly before 8 pm after the Delhi Police gave airport authorities clearance, Delhi airport sources said, adding that several flights that were to land, were diverted from New Delhi during this time-period.

"Initially airport official informed the Delhi Police that a drone spotted at the airport premises at around 11 am, however, during the investigation official could not trace the suspected object (Drone)". Upon landing, the pilot reported the incident to Air Traffic Controller as per their reporting procedure that they have been trained for.

Two sightings of drone-like objects were reported over New Delhi IGI airport on Sunday, sparking a big aviation scare and leading to diversion of fights and inconvenience to hundreds of passengers.

Currently, there is no specific law in India that deals with the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The airport, which has three runways, is the busiest in the country and handles around 1,200 flight movements everyday. An airport spokesperson could not be contacted immediately.

Two Air India flights diverted to Lucknow and Ahmedabad, and one flight each of GoAir and IndiGo diverted to Jaipur were now returning to Delhi. Giving the always present threat of terrorism, security officials did not want to take any chances and suspended the flight operations at Delhi airport.

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