Drone collides with a commercial aircraft

Getty Images

A drone has collided with a commercial aircraft in Canada, the first episode of the country, according to the Ministry of Transport.

The drone struck one of the plane’s wings, while the six passengers and two crew members were on board.

The aircraft sustained only minor damage and was able to land safely, the Canadian transport minister has said.

At the beginning of this year, Canada announced that makes it illegal to fly recreational drones near airports.

The law prohibited airborne drones to approximately 5.5 km (3.5 miles) of an airport and restricted the height of a drone in flight at 90 meters (300 feet).

Those who break the restrictions could face fines of up to 25,000 Canadian dollars ($20,000, £ 15,000).

The Skyjet flight in the direction of the Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport when the drone hit on October 12.

In a statement, the minister of transport, Marc Garneau, said: “although the vast majority of drone operators to fly responsibly, it was our concern for incidents like this that prompted me to take action and issue the interim security measures that restrict where recreational drones could be flown.

“I would like to remind drone operators that jeopardize the safety of an aircraft is extremely dangerous and a serious crime.”

According to the UK Airprox Board report, a drone passed directly over the wing of an airplane approaching the Airport of Gatwick this summer.

The drone “flew into conflict” with the Airbus 319, with a high risk of collision, to read the report.