Drone collides with passenger plane above Quebec City airport

THE CANADIAN PRESS

On Thursday, a Skyjet plane was struck by a drone as it approached the Jean Lesage airport.

A commercial plane in Canada was lucky to escape with only minor damage after colliding with a drone.

Transport minister Marc Garneau said in a statement: "Although the vast majority of drone operators fly responsibly, it was our concern for incidents like this that prompted me to take action and issue interim safety measures restricting where recreational drones could be flown I would like to remind drone operators that endangering the safety of an aircraft is extremely risky and a serious offence".

Reports of drones endangering aircraft have been increasing as the unmanned aerial vehicles become more commonplace.

The crash marked the first collision between a commercial aircraft and a drone in Canada, Garneau said.

Meanwhile, in another incident, the lives of 130 people were at risk after a drone almost collided with an aircraft coming in to land at London's Gatwick, a report has revealed.

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"This could have been catastrophic...it could have caused a tremendous disaster".

"It's important to note that aircraft are particularly vulnerable when on final approach coming in - the pilot is concentrating on landing properly", Garneau said.

He said they were following the situation in partnership with airport officials, Quebec City police, NAV CANADA and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. Circumventing these restrictions can result in a fine up to C$25,000 (£15,000 / US$20,000) and even a prison sentence. At the time of impact, the drone was flying at an altitude of approximately 450 meters and very close to that aerodrome, which violates the established regulations for this type of artifacts.

The updated rules will include a minimum age for drone operators, a mandatory written test and users will be required to register their names and addresses on the drone itself.

Earlier in 2017, Canada announced its new safety measures that makes it illegal to fly a recreational drone within an area of 3.5 miles from airports, and restricts the height in which a drone can flight to just 300 feet.

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