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Delhi airport flight operations resume after brief pause over drone scare

20 Août 2017

The pilot of Air Asia flight no I5-799 spotted the object near Terminal 3 of the high-security Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport while landing at 7.09pm and reported the matter to the authorities, said an official of the CISF, which looks after the airport security across the country.

"As precautionary measures, all three runways in the airport were closed until 7.55pm".

After a drone was sighted by a pilot at Delhi Airport, flight operations were temporarily suspended to ensure proper security at the airport.

Earlier, another pilot of Indigo had spotted a drone flying 100 feet above the ground while landing at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

According to reports, some of the flights were also diverted after the pilot had raised the alarm. "The operations were suspended at 1930 hours and were resumed at 2000 hours", said an airport source.

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The pilots carried out a normal landing and called upon the Air Traffic Controller after that. At about 1955 hrs the operation of all the 03 runways resumed normally after clearance from Delhi police.

Two Air India flights were diverted to Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

Passengers waiting at Delhi Airport as flights have been diverted. All the three runways were shut at Delhi airport.

The operations were suspended after a pilot saw a drone flying in the vicinity of the airport. During peak time, the airport handles up to 70 flights per hour.

Delhi airport flight operations resume after brief pause over drone scare