Do you own a drone or know someone who does? People are using these cool toys to capture some of the most breathtaking graphics you'll ever see.
Unfortunately, some are being flown in areas where they don't belong and endangering the lives of travelers. One even recently crashed into a commercial plane for the first time ever.
How drones are endangering travelers
Canada's Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, recently announced that a drone had crashed into a commercial prop plane. The incident took place in Québec City, near Jean Lesage International Airport.
The drone struck the plane on its approach to land at the airport. The drone was about three miles from the airport and was flying at 1,500 feet in the air. That's 500 feet above the legal limit in Canada. Fortunately, the plane only sustained minor damage and was able to land safely.
Drones and airports do not mix. Aircraft in air traffic control areas near airports need clearance to be there. Drones are not permitted to fly in those areas above 300 feet in Canada and 400 feet in the U.S.
Garneau said, "It's important to note that aircraft are particularly vulnerable when on final approach coming in. The pilot is concentrating on landing properly."
This has been a growing problem for governments around the globe - an effort to balance the commercial needs of drone pilots with the safety of airline passengers.
The U.S. government has established its own rules when it comes to operating drones. For example, commercial drone pilots need to be a minimum of 16 years old and pass an Aeronautical Knowledge Test before becoming a certified remote pilot.
Drones potentially crashing into airplanes is just one more thing we need to worry about. We recently told you that the FBI is guaranteeing terrorist drone attacks are on the way. Yikes!
It would be nice if people would simply use technology for what it's intended. I don't want to have to be worried about drones interfering with my safety every time I take a flight.
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