The Indian Air Force, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, and other appropriate authorities were notified...
Digital Desk: After an unknown object was seen hovering over the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal, the capital of Manipur, on Sunday, flight operations were suspended for over four hours.
The object was detected at around 2:30 pm. The Indian Air Force (IAF), the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and other appropriate authorities were notified as it kept flying. Finally, at around 4:30 p.m., the object flew away.
After the airport gained approval from the IAF and DGCA, flights began to operate again around 6:20 p.m.
The mysterious item was sighted, causing three outgoing planes to be delayed and two other flights to be diverted.
Every employee at the airport, according to director Chipemmi Keishing, was able to view the thing hanging overhead.
Keishing stated, "We're not sure if it was a drone, an unidentified flying object, or something else."
"If an unexplained item is observed flying around an airport, aviation operations must be halted by the standard operating procedure. Therefore, all flights—both arriving and departing—were closed," he added.
The airport director added that the IAF has cleared the airport after scanning the airspace. The flights restarted after receiving approval from the DGCA as well, said Keishing.
He continued by saying that the object was not in the line of sight from the ground and was travelling at a great altitude.