Flights hit as drone sighting shuts IGIA for 55 minutes

Flight operations have now resumed at the Delhi airport

Flight operations have now resumed at the Delhi airport

Besides the security scare, which is being probed by investigating agencies, flight operations at the airport were suspended for close to an hour both in the morning and evening causing inconvenience to passengers. "The local police were alerted, while CISF commandos and Quick Response Teams checked the entire airport area to ensure there were no suspicious items", said a senior CISF officer.In the morning, the pilot of China Airlines flight CI-18 noticed a flying object at the time of landing and alerted the officials concerned.

Flight services at Delhi's Indira Gandhi airport were temporarily halted after a pilot spotted a drone in the area. All the three runways were shut at Delhi airport.

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Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) IGIA Sanjay Bhatia confirmed that the flight operations were resumed after the initial investigations.

According to reports, some of the flights were also diverted after the pilot had raised the alarm.

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Two Air India flights were diverted to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

The airport, which has three runways, is the busiest in the country and handles around 1,200 flight movements everyday. All three runways are functional now.

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Earlier during the day, operations were briefly halted around 11.30 a.m.to 12.15 p.m. on one of the three runways, as a similar sighting of a drone-like flying object was reported. "Upon landing, the pilot reported the incident to Air Traffic Controller as per their reporting procedure that they have been trained for". "The airline has filed a report with the DGCA", it added. The sighting occurred when the aircraft was making its final approach near runway 28/10. "But the operations at the airport continued as normal and there was no delay in arrival or departure of flights".

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