Drone Collides with Commercial Airplane in Canada

Drone Collides with Commercial Airplane in Canada

A major global drone manufacturer is condemning "any unsafe operation of drones", after an unmanned aerial vehicle struck a passenger plane over Quebec City last week.

This is the first time a drone has hit a commercial aircraft in Canada and I am extremely relieved that the aircraft only sustained minor damage and was able to land safely. The minister, Marc Garneau, said the drone was flying at a height of about 450 metres or 1,500 feet.

U.S. media reporting on the incident have said that though there have been many claims by North American pilots that their planes have been battered by drones, the Federal Aviation Authority data shows this is the first one to be confirmed.

DJI said its drones are programmed by default to fly no higher than 120 metres and the company's "geofencing" system restricts its products from flying over Quebec City airport.

Dubai's airport previous year said it was carrying out trials of a "drone hunter" - a remote-controlled aircraft to detect drones that are in danger of straying into the airport's space - after unauthorized drone activity forced the airport, the third busiest in the world, to shut down several times.

He said that if a bird hitting an airplane engine can cause an emergency landing or "catastrophic event", a drone could do the same.

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Failure to comply with the regulations could result in fines of up to $25,000 and jail time. Final regulations regarding drone usage will be in place in 2018, says 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 updated rules will also include a minimum age for drone operators, a mandatory written test, as well as users having a pre-requisite to register their names and addresses on the drone itself.

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.

Drones are not allowed within 3.4 miles of Canadian airports, helipads and seaplane bases.

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