Canada: Police drone hits plane, ‘major damage’ reported

An aircraft attempting to land at Buttonville, an airport with proximity to Toronto’s suburbs, sustained “major damage” after being hit by a York Regional Police (YRP) drone earlier this month. Strangely enough, the country’s air navigation service provider, NAV Canada, was not even informed of the police drone operation.

The unfortunate incident, which took place on August 10, comes to light via a Transport Canada report issued this week. According to the report, a Cessna aircraft belonging to Canadian Flyers International was about to land at the airport’s runway when the pilot felt a jolt that “pushed them back on their seat.”

The pilot thought the plane must have hit a large bird and proceeded to land. There was no change in configuration or power since they were about 500 feet above ground level and landing was imminent. The report reads:

When exiting the aircraft, they were shocked to see a major dent on the left underside of the engine…