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Drone Flies Within 25 Metres of Plane Landing in Winnipeg

June 12, 2016 2:41 PM | News


A staff member from DJI Technology Co. demonstrates remote flying with his Phantom 2 Vision+ drone in Shenzhen, China, on December 15, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kin Cheung)

A drone flew close enough to a aircraft attempting to land in Winnipeg on Saturday that the pilot altered Nav Canada.

Police say the incident happened at around 2:45 p.m. while the plane was approaching James Richardson International Airport at approximately 900 metres.

The pilot estimated the Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV – drone) to be within 25 metres of the aircraft. The plane was able to land safely without incident.

Police searched the areas for the drone and operator, but were unsuccessful.

Police say a significant portion of Winnipeg is controlled air space and flying a drop for personal use is subject to Transport Canada restrictions regarding altitude, purpose, size of UAV and area of use.

“Commercial UAV operators must be in possession of a valid Special Flight Operations Certificate and are required to comply with all the restrictions contained in the SFOC.”