Two crew members of a Porter Airlines flight from Ottawa to Toronto suffered minor injuries after a plane took evasive action to avoid a collision with a possible drone.
The plane, carrying 54 passengers, was flying over Lake Ontario, around 55 kilometres from Toronto’s island airport, when the incident took place Monday morning.
Porter Airlines says the pilots noticed an object in the distance and realized it was very close to their flight path. It says the pilots initially thought the object looked like a balloon, but after a debriefing, it’s now suspected it was a drone.
Two flight attendants were taken to hospital and released, no passengers were hurt.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada also says the as-yet unidentified threat likely came from a drone.
The incident raised ongoing questions about the rules for drones as they gain in popularity and sophistication.
“We are looking at the rules and regulations that are in place now, and we are looking to strengthen them,” said Parliamentary Secretary tot he Transport Minister Kate Young.
If a drone was flying in the flight path, the operator could face of to $25,000 in fines and jail time.