Mumbai on alert after IndiGo pilot reports drone sighting

Oct 19, 2016, 08:40 IST | Suraj Ojha

The police are searching for the 'blue-pink' aerial vehicle that the pilot of a of Delhi-Mumbai IndiGo flight said was seen flying 100 ft below the aircraft near Kurla during landing

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The Mumbai police are searching for a drone after airport authorities informed that around 5.55 pm the pilot of Delhi-Mumbai IndiGo flight 6E-755 saw it flying 100 feet below the aircraft during landing. Pilot Ashish Ranjan informed the CISF about the blue-pink coloured aerial vehicle that he spotted 3.5 km east towards Kurla.

GVK officials confirmed the information to mid-day and said they are looking into it.

No flying
mid-day had reported that the police had issued a circular declaring the city a no-flying zone between October 2 and 31 citing high terror threat perception in the wake of the army’s cross-LoC surgical strikes.

Intelligence inputs received by the police stated that terrorists/anti-social elements might attack the city using remote-controlled drones, micro-light aircraft and paragliders.

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The circular has said that any person contravening the order would be punishable under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.

A GVK official told mid-day, “We received the information and alerted all departments concerned as well as the police.”

“Our teams have been deployed in that area to look into it,” said a senior police officer.

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