August 13, 2014 10:59 am

Transport Canada investigates drone sighting by flight from Halifax

This March 12, 2014, file photo shows a drone landing after flying over the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in a New York neighborhood.

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File

HALIFAX – Transport Canada says it is investigating the sighting of a possible drone by the pilots of a commercial Jazz aircraft on a flight from Halifax to St. John’s, N.L.

The department says the sighting occurred Aug. 3.

The pilots of the Bombardier aircraft reported seeing a red and white vertical tube with a rotor less than 300 metres above the aircraft.

Transport Canada says it is trying to determine whether a violation occurred and whether enforcement action is required.

By law, operators of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles must obtain a special flight operations certificate from Transport Canada.

The department must also be informed of the vehicle’s proposed flight path.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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