Delhi airport today: Flights disrupted after dust storm with 100 kmph wind speed hits city; more mayhem likely today
The storm lasted for almost 3 hours and the operations had to be shut down for that period, Air Traffic Control (ATC) sources at the airport revealed. Reportedly, the disruptions were very severe and the authorities were caught by surprise. "The situation is slightly unique, the disruptions are mostly on account of wind shear... The number of diversions are now touching 70," sources at the airport had then said to PTI. And what is wind shear? It is a rapid change in winds over a short horizontal distance experienced by aircraft. This can cause a rapid change in lift, and thus the altitude, of the aircraft. Wind shear is an extremely dangerous situation that has caused aircraft to crash on previous occasions at other airports. However, authorities got the air traffic operations back to near normal by 9 pm.
Delhi airport today: A massive dust storm hit the capital on Sunday evening that affected flight operations at the IGI airport. Delhi flights today are on schedule so far, but later on, the IMD forecast says things may change. Image source: Reuters