Indian air force on high alert after repeated sightings of ‘suspicious objects’ at Delhi airport

NEW DELHI – Indian security agencies guarding Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport have been put on high alert following the regular spotting of ‘suspicious flying objects’ in and around the airport.

On Friday morning, the air traffic controller at the Delhi airport observed flying objects thrice, in and around the airport. Sources said that the Indian Air Force even pressed a chopper into action to check the flying object. But the helicopter could not find anything. On Tuesday too, the air traffic controller had apparently noticed a flying object – a drone – over the runway, but had no visual evidence to support its claim.

The pilot of an Air Vistara flight from Bhubaneswar had complained of being distracted by a laser beam right while landing at IGI’s runway 29 on Wednesday night, putting the lives of hundreds of passengers at risk. The pilot claimed that he was 6 nautical miles away from runway when he observed the laser beam, which distracted him.

The Delhi Police have prohibited the use of laser beams by any individual or group or organisers in areas around the airport under Section 144 of CrPC. On Friday, the flying objects were first noticed by an air force officer.

“A member of Indian Air Force sits at the control tower of Delhi airport. At 10:44 am on Friday, he first noticed a flying object over runway 9-27, the smallest runway of Delhi airport. He reported two more objects at 10:50 am and 10:55 am, flying outside the airport boundary. On Tuesday, an ATC staff had claimed of having spotted a drone-like object but could not support his claim with any evidence. This time also, we do not have any evidence. But this is alarming,” said an airport official.

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