A close call in the air today after an Ottawa to Toronto flight (Flight #204) nearly collided with what may have been a drone.
Two crew members were injured. The incident occurred as the flight prepared to land at Billy Bishop Island Airport in downtown Toronto.
TSB spokeswoman Julie Leroux said the flight was about 30 miles from the airport when it encountered what may have been a drone at about 9,000 feet on its approach to landing at 7:30 a.m. this morning.
In an emailed statement, Porter Airlines said there was no contact between the airplane and the object.
According to the airline, the pilots initially thought the object looked like a balloon.
Porter said the plane was over Lake Ontario near Pickering when the pilots noticed an object in the distance and took evasive action, which resulted in the crews injuries.
It is not usual that a drone would be flying that high, but some believe it may possibly have been rogue.
NORAD scrambled a pair of CF-18 fighter jets from CFB Bagotville in May after a large, unidentified drone was spotted near the flight paths of commercial passenger planes landing at the Ottawa airport at about 7,000 feet.
Two inbound flights from Toronto saw the drones as they flew in from Toronto.
Fines could be as high as $25,000 w./ jail time for interference with aeronautic flight or flying a drone in a restricted area.