The controlled airspace of Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Manipur’s capital Imphal was closed for commercial flight operations on Sunday for nearly three hours after an unidentified flying object was seen.
Here are the details of what happened, according to sources in the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
At 2:30 p.m., the Imphal Air Traffic Control (ATC) got a call from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) control room that an unidentified flying object was seen just above the ATC tower.
The object was visible from the terrace of the ATC tower; people on the ground including airline and CISF personnel also saw it. The object’s color was white.
It flew over the terminal building, moved southwards above the ATC tower, and remained stationary there for some time. Then it moved southwest of the runway, where it remained till 4:05 p.m. before it disappeared. The sunset was at 4:26 p.m.