Commercial Flight Has Close Encounter With Unidentified Custom Drone From University

Don Crothers - Author

Jun. 12 2016, Updated 7:11 p.m. ET

A commercial airliner arriving at the James Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada had a close encounter with an unidentified drone far above commercial specifications, according to a report from CBC. Radar plots from Nav Canada indicate that the drone was launched from somewhere near the University of Manitoba.

While flying at an altitude of 900 meters (about 3,000 ft.) the pilot noticed the drone nearby, flying approximately 25 meters — 80 ft. — away from the plane. In general, drones should not be operated within five miles of an airport, and all aircraft should typically remain at least three lateral miles or 1,000 vertical feet apart to avoid creating a collision hazard.

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