TSB issues report on in-flight collision with drone in Quebec

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released its investigation report into the Oct. 12 in-flight collision between a drone and a Beechcraft King Air A100 near the Québec/Jean-Lesage International Airport.

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Damage to the aircraft was minor and the drone disintegrated upon impact. There were no injuries.

According to the investigation report, a Beech King Air A100 operated by Skyjet M. G. was on an instrument flight rules flight from the Rouyn-Noranda, Que., airport (CYUY) to the Jean Lesage International Airport (CYQB) in Québec City, with two crew members and six passengers on board.

The aircraft was approaching runway 24 and had just passed the final approach fix when the crew noticed a drone–an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)–at the extremity of the left wing.

The aircraft struck the UAV at an altitude of 1,500 feet and the crew declared an emergency.

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Aircraft rescue and firefighting services were deployed and the aircraft safely landed on runway 24. The aircraft inspection revealed a few scratches and some paint transfer on the top surface of the left wing and scrape marks on the de-icing boot.

The aircraft was then returned to service.

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