The pilot of an Air Vistara flight had complanined of being distracted by a laser beam right while langding on Wednesday night.
Things have been getting a little weird for the security agencies working in and around Delhi, Indra Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. They have been put on red alert after 'regular spotting' of suspicious objects flying in and around the international airport.
On Friday, the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) at the Delhi airport spotted unidentified flying objects not once, but thrice in and around the airport. While it could've very well been a drone, there isn't any video, or photographic evidence to support the claim.
In fact, an Air Vistara pilot flying in from Bhubaneswar complained of being distracted by a laser beam right before he landed on IGI's runway 29 on Wednesday night. It's a scary situation considering the number of lives at risk. The pilot apparently observed a laser beam distracting him 6 nautical miles away from the runway.
An airport official first recalls, " A member of Indian Air Force (IAF) sits at the ATC 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."
It is being said that the IAF has been authorised to shoot down any suspicious object if need be. All the security teams including the Intelligence Bureau, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Bureau for Civil Aviation Security and Delhi Police have been asked to keep a strict watch on aerial threats.