Canada investigates collision between drone and aircraft

October 17, 2017  - By
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The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is conducting an investigation into the collision between a drone and a passenger aircraft that took place on approach to the Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City on Oct. 12.

On that day, a Beech King Air A100 operated by Skyjet M. G. was on an instrument flight rules flight from the Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) airport to the Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City with two crew members and six passengers on board.

The aircraft was approaching runway 24 and had just passed the final approach fix when the crew noticed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) off the left wing. The aircraft struck the UAV at an altitude of 1500 feet and the crew declared an emergency.

Aircraft rescue and firefighting services were deployed and the aircraft safely landed on runway 24. The aircraft inspection revealed a few scratches and some paint transfer on the top surface of the left wing and scrape marks on the de-icing boot.

The aircraft was then returned to service. No one was injured.

Learn more about the investigation here.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences to advance transportation safety.

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Tracy Cozzens has served as managing editor of GPS World magazine since 2006, and also is editor of GPS World’s sister website, Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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