Drone Hits Commercial Jet in Canada for First Time

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There were six passengers and two crew members on board the plane at the time.

QUEBEC-A collision between a commercial aircraft and a drone near Quebec City's airport last week highlights the potential danger posed by unmanned aerial vehicles, authorities and aircraft experts said October 15.

A drone struck one of the wings of a charter airline Skyjet that was approaching Quebec City's Jean Lesage International Airport. The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment outside regular business hours. This applies to drones of any size, used for any goal. Transportation authorities have been trying to come up with rules to avoid a disaster.

Following the incident, Canadian Transport ministry issued interim safety measures, restricting where the drones can be flown off, violating which any person will be fined $25,000 and or jail.

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An airport spokesperson said the plane was arriving from Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec with eight people on board when it was struck by the drone about 3km from the airport. He noted that drone violations are a major concern for the government and that to date there have been 1,596 drone incidents reported to Transport Canada.

A commercial drone flew dangerously close to a passenger plane in China earlier this year, prompting authorities to detain the drone's pilot.

"This should not have happened, that drone should not have been there, and it's important to point out that aircraft are particularly vulnerable when they're on final approach", he told reporters in Montreal. "That drone should not have been there", he said. Mr. Garneau said he's "extremely preoccupied" by the incident.