Over the years, we have brought you many stories about the aviation world struggling with multi-rotor aircraft. We have seen Phantom drone encounters that lead to panic and even close the airport, but it is very rare that such stories are evidence-based. But here, we finally have a story about a collision between a real drone and an airplane.This time there is a turning point, instead of being driven by multi-rotor enthusiasts that will cause a full-scale media panic, but A police drone collided with a Cessna plane landing at Toronto Buttonville AirportThe York Region Police aircraft is part of an operation not related to the airport, and It collided with the aircraft on August 10, enough to cause serious dents in the engine cowling. police According to reports, it is awaiting the results of an official investigation into the incident.
This is newsworthy in itself, because despite the fact that a lot of resources have been invested in solving the problem of drones hitting aircraft in the past few years, provable cases are still very rare. In this case, this machine is a police officer, and we expect that the incident will have far fewer columns than private multi-rotor pilots flying, and will only increase the contrast with previous incidents (such as Gatwick Airport) reported. There is no evidence of drones.
In this incident, your district police can easily find a target, but it is worth pointing out that if the drone is not theirs, their response will be disproportionately large. The CTV news report mentioned that air traffic regulators are not aware of the existence of drones:
Transport Canada stated that NAV Canada, the country’s air navigation service provider, has not yet received notification of YRP drones.
Considering the obvious dangers their actions posed to aviation, it is not unreasonable to require relevant personnel to face the same penalties as any other multi-rotor pilots who caused such incidents. However, we did not hold our breath.
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