Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Civil Aviation Ministry awaits inputs from Home Ministry to finalise 'drone policy'

On October 19, the Mumbai Police and CISF looked frantically for a drone after airport authorities informed that around 5.55 pm the pilot of Delhi-Mumbai IndiGo flight 6E-755 saw a UAV fly 100 feet below the aircraft during landing.

Pilot Ashish Ranjan informed the CISF about the blue-pink coloured aerial vehicle that he spotted 3.5 km east towards Kurla sending the security apparatus into a tizzy.

The recent sightings of drones at sensitive airport of Delhi and Mumbai have caused alarm bells ringing more than often. But what is more alarming is the confusion that persists after spotting of such a UAV. With multiple agencies working on ground, who is responsible for spotting and acting against such a drone, with multiple ground, air and even intelligence agencies looking at aspects to track such a drone, which is considered a potential terror threat.
31/10/16 Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu/India Today