ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) — A pilot got a scare in the air over Abbotsford this afternoon after spotting a drone nearly two kilometers up in the air.
Cst. Robert Hryhorczuk says officers haven’t been able to find the drone or the owner, and want anyone who may have seen it take off or land to call them.
“It’s quite serious because, if that drone was to collide with an aircraft, really that’s a potential for loss of life,” he says.
I took a complaint of a drone flying at 2000 feet which was seen by pilot at that altitude. Flying drones like that endangers the lives of others. It is also prohib by @Transport_gc with possibilities of $5000 to $35000 fines. No drone in this pic.hopefully. pic.twitter.com/I3shGdgK44
— Cst. Rob Hryhorczuk APD (@EmergPlanning) May 15, 2019
“If it hits an aircraft, it’s not just affecting people in the aircraft, potentially if that aircraft has to do an emergency landing or, worst-case-scenario a crash, where did it crash? So you’re putting a lot of lives at risk.”
He says he’s seen a rise in drone calls as more people use them for fun, but don’t know the rules.