Drone spot­ted near IGI Air­port runway in New Delhi


The Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional (IGI) Air­port of Delhi re­cently was put on high alert af­ter an uniden­ti­fied fly­ing ob­ject was spot­ted at the air­port. The air traf­fic con­trollers (ATCs) at the air­port have been reg­u­larly spot­ting sus­pi­cious ob­jects fly­ing over the air­port, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

On Oc­to­ber 27, ATC no­ticed a drone-like ob­ject fly­ing over the runway but it has no vis­ual proof to sup­port its claim. Re­port­edly, the In­dian Air Force (IAF) tried to track down the ob­ject by send­ing a chop­per but could not find any­thing.

On Oc­to­ber 28 night, Air Vis­tara flight from Bhubaneswar also com­plained of be­ing dis­tracted by a beam of laser light while it was land­ing at IGI. Pi­lot also claimed that the ob­ject was six nau­ti­cal miles away from the flight. There were more than 100 lives at risk in that flight.

At 10:44 a.m. on Oc­to­ber 30, a mem­ber of the IAF who sits at the ATC tower of IGI air­port no­ticed a fly­ing ob­ject over runway 9-27, also known as the small­est runway of Delhi air­port. He re­ported two more ob­jects at 10:50 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. which were fly­ing out­side the air­port bound­ary. But this time also they did not get any ev­i­dence.

As per the re­ports, a meet­ing was con­ducted be­tween the In­tel­li­gence Bureau, Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force (CISF) and Bureau for Civil Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity with Delhi Po­lice so as to en­sure the reg­u­lar watch on such aerial threats.

Un­der Sec­tion 144 of CrPC it is pro­hib­ited to use laser beams and fly any ob­ject by any in­di­vid­ual or a group in ar­eas around the air­port.

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