New Delhi: Flight operations at Delhi airport were suspended for around 20 minutes on Thursday morning after a pilot of an airline spotted a drone-like object in the area.
The pilot of an IndiGo flight, coming from Chennai, noticed a flying object during landing which led to closure of runways from 7.30am to 7.50am. At least 15 flights were delayed in the process.
“The pilot spotted the object around 4 nautical miles away from the high-security Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport while landing at around 7.30am and reported the matter to the authorities,” said an official of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which looks after the airport security across the country.
Officials said that as precautionary measures, all three runways in the airport were closed until 7.50am. A team of the CISF, the Delhi Police and the aviation security had rushed to the spot. Flight operations resumed only after the authorities finished inspecting the area around the airport and no such object was found.
Flying of drones, an unmanned object, is prohibited in areas across the airport. The IGI Airport is the busiest in the country and handles around 1,200 flight movements every day. During peak time, the airport handles up to 70 flights per hour.
Early in August this year, flight operations at Delhi airport were halted twice for around two hours after pilots of two airlines spotted a drone-like object in the area even as security agencies went into a tizzy.