A violent storm that hit New Delhi left a trail of destruction and death at the city’s Indira Gandhi airport earlier this afternoon.
As per information received, one person lost their life and at least two other have sustained critical injuries including loss of a limb(s) in a sudden storm that occurred around 5pm in the afternoon.
Wind of about 100 kilometres per hour with gusts of up to 150, turned airport equipment like step ladders in to missiles. Other airport equipment like aero-bridges have suffered varying levels of damage.
Five aircraft are damaged. Two SpiceJet aircraft, one of GoAir A320, one Boeing 757 freighter of Blue Dart aviation, and one Air India Airbus A330-200 VT-IWA have sustained damage. It is understood, VT-IWA has sustained significant damage to its engine and wing with a ladder flying in the storm winds and embedding itself in the wing of the wide-body.
The storm also caused significant disruption to incoming flights which had to be diverted to alternate airports.