Flights halted briefly at Delhi Airport after drone sighting

Delhi's IGI Airport

Delhi's IGI Airport

Flight operations at Delhi airport were suspended for over half-an-hour on Sundy evening after a "drone-like object" was spotted in one of the runways.

According to ANI sources say many flights were diverted in the wake of the incident. "But the operations at the airport continued as normal and there was no delay in arrival or departure of flights". The "drone-like object" was spotted by an Air Asia pilot about 1909 hours. In this regard all 03 runways Operation was closed as precautionary measure. Air Asia later issued a statement confirming that the pilots of flight i5 799 spotted an unidentified object flying close to aircraft while landing at IGI.

The services, however, resumed around 7.55 pm.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had in April a year ago issued a draft regulation which proposes to allow the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, including drones, with strict control. One flight each of GoAir and IndiGo that were diverted to Jaipur, returned to Delhi around 8.30 pm.

On August 2, the cargo area of the Delhi airport was cordoned off after a suspicious material was recovered by the authorities.

The IGI Airport is the busiest in the country and handles around 1,200 flight movements every day. Across US and even in Dubai, there have been recorded instances of drones bringing airport operations to a standstill.

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