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Drone scare at IGI Airport, operations disrupted

21 Aug 2017 | By Gogona Saikia

Operations at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport were suspended twice after an unidentified flying object (UFO) was sighted near the airport.

The drone-like device was glimpsed twice. Normal operations were also halted both times.

This comes a week after the MHA warned of 'airborne terror threats': terror outfits have newer modes of operation including small drones, Chinese lanterns and paragliding equipment, it had said.

In context: Drone scare at IGI Airport

21 Aug 2017Drone scare at IGI Airport, operations disrupted

DetailsWhat happened?

The UFO was first spotted by the pilot of a China Airlines flight while it was landing. Officials were alerted and the runway closed from 11:20am-12:20pm.

An Air Asia pilot again saw a flying object near Terminal 3 at 7:09pm when they were trying to land.

All three runways were again closed till 7:55pm.

At least four flights were diverted during the disruption.

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Chaos at Delhi Airport

IGI, India's busiest airport, has seen drone scares before

According to reports, the IGI handles about 1,200 flights daily - up to 70 per hour during peak time. This isn't the first time a UFO has been spotted near it. Last year, three incidents were reported. In 2015, there were two similar incidents.