The Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed its Rafale fighter aircrafts in search of unidentified flying objects sighted near the Imphal airport. A UFO was seen The sighting of the UFO over the Imphal airport around 2:30 pm on Sunday after which a few commercial flights were affected.
“Soon after information about the UFO near the Imphal airport was received, a Rafale fighter aircraft from a nearby airbase was scrambled to go and search for it,” defence sources told news agency ANI.
“The aircraft equipped with advanced sensors carried out low-level flying over the suspected area to look for the UFO but it did not find anything there,” they said, adding that after the first aircraft returned, one more Rafale fighter was sent for the search but the UFO was not seen around the area.
“The agencies concerned are trying to find out the details of the UFO as there are videos of the UFO over the Imphal airport,” they said.
The UFO was seen from the terrace of air traffic control by Air Traffic Service (ATS) personnel, staffers of airlines, the public, police, and CISF personnel and was unidentified to all the viewers.
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— Imphalgram (@imphalgram) November 19, 2023
They said that the object was white colour that could be seen with the naked eyes and became invisible with the onset of the dusk, according to an AAI official.
Soon after the Imphal airport was cleared for flying, the Shillong-headquartered Eastern Command of the Indian Air Force stated that it had activated its Air Defence response mechanism without giving any specific details of the steps taken by it.
Eastern Command, in a post on ‘X’ (formerly Twitter), said, “IAF activated its Air Defence response mechanism based on visual inputs from Imphal airport. The small object was not seen thereafter.”
The Rafale fighters of the Indian Air Force are deployed at the Hashimara air base in West Bengal and keep flying from different air bases in the eastern sector along the China border.