Police investigate ‘pallet-sized’ drone after near miss with WestJet aircraft

After a near miss between a drone and WestJet aircraft readying to land at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA), police are reminding drone users to fly within Transport Canada rules.

The Edmonton Police Service was contacted by Navigation Canada officials at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday after WestJet pilots reported seeing a drone flying near their plane’s left wing, a news release from police said Wednesday.

The drone was described as “pallet-sized” in the news release.

The plane was approaching the airport when the encounter happened. It was flying at 4,000 feet, or 1,200 metres, when the pilots spotted the drone.

Transport Canada rules state that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) cannot fly within a controlled air space.

Outside of airport areas, drones must fly within 90 metres (300 feet) of the ground and at least 30 metres (100 feet) from vehicles, vessels and the public if they weigh between 250 grams and one kilogram. If they

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