September 27, 2018

Jazz Reports Close Encounter With Drone


An Air Canada Jazz crew reported a close encounter with a drone while descending through 7,000 feet inbound to Vancouver’s airport (YVR) from Saskatoon last Tuesday. Although no evasive action was needed to avoid the drone, it was still much too close for comfort. At 7,000 feet, the drone would have been well above its 300-foot height restriction. The RCMP, notified of the close call, is appealing for information from the public.

This incident follows on another close call reported by Westjet two months ago. The aircraft’s pilots reported seeing a drone below and off to the left of the Boeing 737 while it was flying near Edmonton’s airport (YEG) at an altitude of 4,000 feet.

For more information on operating a drone in Canada, click here.