Flight operations at Delhi airport halted twice after drone spotted in vicinity
Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in India has suspended its flight operations twice in a day after identifying drone-like objects in the vicinity of the airport.
Initially, a flying object was reported to have been spotted by the pilot of a China Airlines (CI 181) flight, bound from Taipei to New Delhi, while landing the aircraft at runway 28/10.
Flight operations at IGIA were immediately called off from 11.20am to 12.20pm local time.
On the same day, another similar object was identified at 7.09pm local time near Terminal 3 at IGIA by an Air Asia pilot flying from Goa to New Delhi.
This led to the closure of all three runways for approximately 45 minutes, reported PTI.
Flight operations resumed after securing clearance from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Delhi Police.
Police officials stated that the two drone-like objects were spotted near Dwarka sector 23 and were 1.5 nautical miles away from the airport.
The airport operations were suspended and nearly 15 flights were rerouted to Jaipur and several services were delayed, reported The Economic Times.
In order to find the origin of the flying object, the Delhi Police have formed 20 teams of three members each to search the localities in south-west district, including Dwarka and Kapashera.
IGIA deputy commissioner of police Sanjay Bhatia was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying: “Search operations are still on. We are looking at all possibilities.
“There are banquet halls in this area and people use drone cameras to record weddings, so our teams are searching near the halls too.”