Still no luck in tracking down the person who almost flew a drone into an airplane landing at Richardson Airport over the weekend.
Winnipeg police are still trying to track down a suspect after the drone came within 25 metres of the plane on Saturday afternoon.
Constable Jason Michalyshen says these types of incidents are still rare, but they’re noticing more issues with drones flying in dangerous places.
“I don’t think they’re frequent, it’s not common. But it’s more common than ever before because these types of vehicles are available to the public.”
He says it’s believed this is the first real close call we’ve had in Winnipeg. The plane did land safely.
Police are still working with Transport Canada to better enforce rules against drone use in the city. Aaron McCrorie with Transport Canada agrees that problems are becoming more common because of the growing popularity of drones.
“We’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of reports where they’re being used too close to aerodromes or too close to crowds of people. Again, you can do those sorts of things if you have our permission. The problem is, there are lots of people that are using them unsafely without our permission.”
New regulations are expected to be ready in early 2017.