Suspicious Balloon Spotted Near Delhi Airport


New Delhi: Security officials were investigating a “suspicious balloon” spotted near the Delhi airport, which was on high alert after a phone call warned of bombs being kept on two planes.

The Gurgaon police alerted Delhi airport officials after spotting the balloon, reported news agency ANI. A fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday intercepted and shot down a suspicious “balloon-shaped object” near Barmer in Rajasthan.

The IAF first detected a “balloon-shaped object” on its radar, violating secure airspace during the Republic Day celebrations, following which a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft was scrambled to intercept and shoot down the suspicious object.

Security agencies have not ruled out the possibility that the object was flown in from across the border, given the location’s vicinity to Pakistan.