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21 Aug 2017

Drone scare at IGI Airport, operations disrupted

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.

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Drone scare at IGI Airport
What happened?


What 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.

Chaos at Delhi Airport

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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.

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