Air transportation safety investigation A17Q0162

Update: The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 14 February 2018.

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In-flight collision with drone

Sky Jet M.G. Inc.
Beechcraft King Air A100 C-GJBV
Québec/Jean-Lesage International Airport, Quebec

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The occurrence

On 12 October 2017, a Beech King Air A100 operated by Skyjet M. G. was on an instrument flight rules flight from the Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) airport (CYUY) to the Jean Lesage International Airport (CYQB) in Québec City, Quebec with 2 crew members and 6 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 1500 feet and the crew declared an emergency. 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. No one was injured.


Media materials

News release

2018-02-14

Investigation report: In-flight collision with drone near Québec/Jean Lesage International Airport, Quebec
Read the news release


Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Investigator-in-charge

Kristina Schoos has more than 15 years of experience as a helicopter pilot with various 702 and 703 operators, during which she has accumulated more than 6000 hours of flying time across the country on 6 different types of helicopter including the Bell 206 and Aerospatiale AS350. In the course of her career, she has been responsible for flight and ground training and worked as Assistant chief-pilot. Ms. Schoos also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


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Class of investigation

This is a class 3 investigation. These investigations analyze a small number of safety issues, and may result in recommendations. Class 3 investigations are generally completed within 450 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.

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