Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada

Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada

The Government has a statement from the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, on their website.

The federal agency announced in February that it had never verified reports of collisions between drones and civil aircraft, saying that every subsequent investigation found that the crashes either involved birds, other items such as wires and posts, or structural failure not related to colliding with an unmanned aircraft.

Anyone who wishes to operate a drone is required to follow the Canadian Aviation Regulations. However they should buy small drones that are not expensive.

In a news conference, Gareau noted: "If a drone were to hit the window of a cockpit and incapacitate the pilot, or were to damage in anyway an engine, this could have catastrophic results".

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.

Anyone caught flying a drone too close to no-fly zones (such as airports) without permission can be fined up to $25,000 and even serve a prison sentence; this applies to the flying of drones of any size and for any goal.

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"People should understand that you're liable".

"These things have been around since the 1990s", he said.

Garneau said his department was taking the incident seriously.

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.

"I would like to remind drone operators that endangering the safety of an aircraft is extremely risky and a serious offense", he said. Airports, helipads and seaplane based in Canada are restricted zones for drone operators without permission from Transport Canada.

Canada's independent safety investigator agency, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, tells FlightGlobal it is "assessing... and gathering information" about the incident and could decide later this week whether to open an investigation. "They will have to identify the drone, there will be a minimum age level depending on the size of the drone and the awareness will certainly come at that point", said Garneau.

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