Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Police Say Drone That Got Too Close to Plane Was Bigger and Higher Than Normal

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Police Say Drone That Got Too Close to Plane Was Bigger and Higher Than Normal

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Drone gets close to plane landing in Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG - Authorities in Winnipeg are investigating a close encounter between a passenger plane and a drone that police say was bigger and higher up than unmanned air vehicles normally fly.

Const. Rob Carver says the plane, which he believes was a turboprop, was preparing to land on Saturday afternoon at James Richardson International Airport.

At about 900 metres, the pilot reported seeing a drone which came within only 25 metres of the plane.

The plane was able to land safely.

Carver says Nav Canada was able to direct police to the vicinity of the University of Manitoba campus where they believed the drone may have originated, but nothing was found.

He says the drone was likely about a metre across, and appeared like it was being directed to fly close to the plane. …

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