Passenger plane hit by drone while flying into Quebec airport

Andrew Cummings
October 16, 2017

The Skyjet flight was heading to Quebec City's Jean Lesage International Airport when the drone hit it on 12 October.

According to a UK Airprox Board report, a drone passed directly over the wing of an aircraft approaching Gatwick Airport this summer.

An airport spokesman said the plane was arriving from Rouyn-Noranda with eight people aboard when it was struck about three kilometres from the airport.

Garneau confirmed that the aircraft, a Skyjet plane, only sustained minor damage and said he was relieved that no one was hurt.

Earlier this summer, a pilot had to take evasive action at 4,000ft when a drone came within 60 feet of his plane as he prepared to land in Edinburgh.

Transport Canada has issued a series of interim safety measures for drone operators as it continues to work to regulate the industry.

Under these rules, it is illegal to fly a recreational drone within 5.5 kilometres from an airport and 1.8 kilometres from a heliport without special permission.

Canada's Transport Minister Marc Garneau was quick to condemn the incident, which appears to have violated a host of regulations aimed at preventing mishaps like this. Punishment for breaking the regulations can include a fine of as much as 25,000 Canadian dollars ($20,000) and a prison sentence. For 2017, to date 1,596 drone incidents have been reported to the department.

Dubai's airport past 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.

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