In an unheard of incident, a tiny drone brought the massive Delhi airport (IGI) to a total standstill and the authorities are clueless! It transpires that as many as 20 teams of Delhi police are still hunting for the unmanned flying object/s which brought operations at one of the busiest airports in the country to a halt twice in a day, reports Hindustan Times. The drone-like object was first seen at runway 28/10, by a pilot of China Airlines flight on August 20th at around 11:00 am and was seen again in the evening by an Air Asia pilot at around 7 in the evening.
Sanjay Bhatia, deputy commissioner of police at the airport told Hindustan Times that the police have formed 20 teams of 3 members each to find the origin of the flying objects. He further said that there are banquet halls near the airports where drones are used for videography so the teams are also searching near the halls. Localities near the airport including Kapashera and Dwarka have so far been searched. However, nothing has been found as of now.
Use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for commercial purposes is banned by DGCA. According to a PTI report, Bhatia had earlier informed that a case under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.
The UAV had caused much mayhem at the airport as two Air India flights had to be diverted to Lucknow and Ahmedabad and two other GoAir and IndiGo flights had to be diverted to Jaipur after two runaways had to shut following reports of UAVs.
According to PTI, the Indira Gandhi Airport witnesses 1,200 flight movements everyday and handles approximately 70 flights per hour.