Cessna 172 Substantially Damaged By Police Drone, August 21, 2021

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"All the Canadian authorities are looking into the midair collision of a flight school Cessna 172 and fair-sized drone that could have ended a lot worse than it did. The fact that it happened within a mile of an airport and that the drone operator was a local police department has added some extra attention to the mishap. The Canadian Flyers 172 was substantially damaged in the collision, with major sheet metal damage and an engine teardown mandated because the lower arc of the prop went through the drone. Had it been a few feet higher, the story may have been a lot different but the instructor on board, who assumed the 172 had hit a bird, made a routine landing at Buttonville Airport. "


“Interesting to see how Transport Canada handles this. This would be a major issue for a normal person and since we’re talking federal vs municipal cops, there may actually be some sort of punishment handed out,” observed a Reddit user, with another user noting:

The drone operation was literally on the approach/departure end of a runway… this is as stupid high risk as it gets. Also, they should have known better, they fly a helicopter themselves."
 

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