Drone hit Canadian airliner: minister

Drone hit Canadian airliner: minister

Drone hit Canadian airliner: minister

It is believed to be the first time a drone has struck a commercial airliner in Canada.

Canada's transport minster has told drone operators to stay away from airports after a remotely piloted craft bonked a passenger plane during its final approach to Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City. "That drone should not have been there".

Passengers on a small domestic flight had a lucky escape after a drone flying illegally close to Quebec's Jean Lesage International Airport struck their plane. No injuries to the eight people aboard the plane that originated in Quebec were reported, but the incident "could have been much more serious" or even "catastrophic" if the drone crashed into the plane's cockpit or engine, Garneau said.

"This should not have happened", said Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau, according to the CBC. And while there have been reports of pilots claiming that drones crashed into their aircraft in the United States, FAA officials confirmed to The Post that such a crash has never been verified in the United States. The drone was not supposed to be in that place, he said.

Drones are prohibited from flying higher than 90 metres; the drone involved in the collision was at 450 metres.

The rapidly growing use of drones by consumers around the world has led to an upswing in the number of encounters between the remote-controlled devices and planes.

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"Although the vast majority of drone operators fly responsibly, it was our concern for incidents like this that prompted me to take action and issue interim safety measures restricting where recreational drones could be flown", said Garneau.

According to Digital Trends, the Skyjet was set to land at Jean Lesage airport in Quebec City on October 12 when it hit the drone.

The punishment for not following the regulations includes fines of up to C$25,000 equal to $20,000 and a possible prison sentence.

Transport Canada has received almost 1,600 reports of drone incidents this year.

"I would like to remind drone operators that endangering the safety of an aircraft is extremely risky and a serious offence", he said.

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