Canada: 2 hurt in near miss involving plane, suspected drone

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a drone is demonstrated in Brigham City, Utah. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, that owners of many small drones and model airplanes will have to register them with the government, in response to increasing reports of drones flying near manned aircraft and airports. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a drone is demonstrated in Brigham City, Utah. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, that owners of many small drones and model airplanes will have to register them with the government, in response to increasing reports of drones flying near manned aircraft and airports. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

TORONTO (AP) — Officials say a Porter Airlines flight approaching Toronto’s island airport took evasive action to avoid a suspected drone, injuring two flight attendants.

Julie Leroux of Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said the near collision occurred at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning at an altitude of about 9,000 feet (2,700 meters) and 30 miles (48 kilometers) out from the airport near Pickering, Ontario.

Leroux says the object involved in the near miss was likely an unmanned aerial vehicle.

Porter spokesman Brad Cicero says two flight attendants sustained minor injuries. They were taken to a hospital and released.

Cicero says the pilots’ initial assessment was that it looked like a balloon. After debriefing, they believe it was possibly a drone.

TSB investigators will interview the crew.

The Bombardier Q400 turboprop was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members, including the two flight attendants, from Ottawa. The airport is located just off Toronto’s downtown core.

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