Drone hits commercial aircraft in Quebec: Garneau** **Published Sunday, October 15, 2017 11:46AM EDT
Skyjet flightheading to Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport was struck by adrone on Oct. 12, said Minister of Transport Marc Garneau.
Emergency measures wereimmediately put in place and the plane was able to land safely, according toFrench media reports. No injuries were reported.
“This is the first timea drone has hit a commercial aircraft in Canada and I am extremely relievedthat the aircraft only sustained minor damage and was able to land safely,”Garneau said in a statement released on Sunday](https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/10/statement_by_ministeroftransportaboutadroneincidentwithapassenge.html).
- **Statement by Minister of Transport about a drone incident with a passenger aircraft in Quebec City **](https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2017/10/statement_by_ministeroftransportaboutadroneincidentwithapassenge.html)
Transport Canada advises](http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/opssvs/flying-drone-safely-legally.html) that drones should be flown below 90metres and at least 5.5 kilometres away from any airport, seaplane base orareas where aircraft take-off and land.
Thursday’s collisionreportedly happened about three kilometres from the airport at an altitude of450 metres.
“Transport Canada ismonitoring the situation and is in contact with its transportation partnersincluding Skyjet, the Jean Lesage International Airport and NAV CANADA. Mydepartment is in contact with the Service de police de la Ville de Québec andwe will cooperate with the Transportation Safety Board should they decide toinvestigate,” Garneau said.
Garneau introduced interim safety measures](http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/interim-order-respecting-use-model-aircraft.html) regarding drone flights earlier thisyear, which restrict where recreational drones can be flown.
“I would like to reminddrone operators that endangering the safety of an aircraft is extremelydangerous and a serious offence,” he said.
Penalties for violatingthese safety measures](http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/transport-canada-eliminates-rules-on-flying-drones-near-buildings-and-animals-1.3501659) include fines of up to $25,000 and possibleface jail time.
Anyone who wishes tooperate a drone is required to follow the Canadian Aviation Regulations](http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/acts-regulations/regulations-sor96-433.htm).
There have been 1,596drone incidents reported in 2017, of which 131 were deemed an “aviation safetyconcern,” Garneau said in the statement.