On Sunday, the Canadian government in a press release stated that a commercial airliner was hit by a drone, and this was the first time such incident had occurred within Canadian territory.
The plane was conveying six passengers and two crew members to Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City when a drone crashed into one of the Aircraft’s wings.
Marc Garneau, the head of the Canadian Ministry of transport on Sunday said his anxiety levels dropped when he learned that the plane touched down safely with minor damages.
Skyjet, the airline company that owns the twin-engine plane in Quebec, refused to comment on the incident till after the resumption of regular business activities.
Drone usage globally is beginning to spell doom for commercial airliners globally; there have been reports of close calls with drones by airline pilots in the course of the flight.
Authorities are now working round the clock to formulate policies to counter the trend and avert potential danger in the future.
In a move to safeguard Canadian Airspace, authorities announced a ban on Private owned remote-controlled drones.
A blanket ban was imposed on a 3.5 mile-radius around airports in Canada. Also, drones are disallowed from flying up to 300 feet. Any offender caught flouting this ban will face charges and pay twenty thousand dollars in fine.
Last week’s drone incident reportedly adhered to the airport radius restriction but flouted the flight height restriction in over one thousand four hundred feet above ground level.
More Frequent Drone Incidents
Drone incidents have been occurring frequently globally. At Heathrow Airport in the UK, a pilot said he was struck by a drone when he was approaching the airport a year ago.
In a study, a Drone Flight researcher observed that remote-controlled Drone usage was responsible for the repeated closure of Dubai’s International Airport.
Canadian officials say Drone related incidents in Canada occur frequently, however, over 100 incidents have been life-threatening and have been a course for serious concern to aviation authorities.