Friday, December 29, 2017

Flights suspended at IGIA after drone spotted

Once again, reports of an unidentified flying object near the Indira Gandhi International airport led to disruption in flight operations and affected as many as 15 departures and arrivals. Security officials, however, could not find anything suspicious when they rushed a Quick Response Team (QRT) to the spot.

It was around 7 am on Thursday when the pilot of a Chennai-Delhi Indigo flight spotted a suspicious object and reported the matter to the Air Traffic Control (ATC). The message was further conveyed to Airport Operations Control Centre and the Delhi Police. A team of CISF QRT was also rushed to the spot but nothing could be found, an official said. As a precautionary measure, some departures were put on hold while a few arrivals were delayed at the airport.

Delhi Police has registered the matter and is now trying to spot the origination of the flying object. This, however, is not a rare incident where a UFO was spotted by a pilot. Earlier this month, in a close shave, a drone-like UFO and an Air India flight, landing at the IGI airport almost had a face-off. Seconds later, another flight to Leh that took off from another runway, also reported spotting the flying object.

The incident also affected some departures and landings at the airport. However, the officers said that no such flying object could be found within the airport periphery.

The menace of the drone-like UFO sightings, however, is not something new at the IGI airport and is known for leaving the security and intelligence sleuths at the airport rattled. In October this year, a Jet Airways Singapore-Delhi flight, while preparing to land on runway 29 of the IGI airport, reported a drone flying in the proximity, about 300-400 meters above the ground.
29/12/17 DNA