Parrot-Minidrone-Mambo-07There’s a reason why drones aren’t permitted near/around airports, and it is because they pose a potential safety hazard especially if they accidentally fly into or get sucked into the plane’s engines. This is also why companies like DJI have included geofencing features that prevents drones from entering certain restricted areas.

If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, perhaps a real-life example might clear things up. According to a recent report, it seems that Canadian airlines Porter was forced to take evasive action to avoid a flying object which was believed to be a drone. The plane was approaching Toronto’s downtown airport on Monday when the incident happened.

According to a statement released by the airline company, “As they approached the object, they realized it was very close to their flight path and decided to take appropriate evasive action. There was no contact between the aircraft and object. After debriefing, there is potential that the object was a drone.”

While none of the 54 passengers on board were injured in the course of taking evasive action, two flight attendants who were clearing the plane’s cabin for landing sustained minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for check up before being released. Porter is currently working with TSB on their investigation.

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