Lonely Planet Writer

Air India plane almost hits drone on India’s ‘most difficult’ flight approach

Air India plane narrowly misses un-manned drone.
Air India plane narrowly misses unmanned drone. Image by BriYYZ / CC BY-SA 2.0

An Air India plane bound for Leh in Ladakh had a near miss with an unmanned drone on its final approach into the mountain-fringed runway at Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, regarded as India’s most difficult airport for pilots. Compounding the plane’s problems, ground-to-air communication systems also failed, leaving pilots dependent on a system of flares – green for ‘land’ and red for ‘go round’ – for permission to land. Drones are becoming an increasing hazard to aviation across the globe – a British Airways plane had a near miss with a drone on approach to Heathrow Airport earlier this year. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com