Sunday, June 12, 2016

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Mischief-Danger to Life – C16-119943
On June 11, 2016, at approximately 2:45 p.m. Winnipeg Police were contacted by personnel from Nav Canada working at the James Richardson International Airport.

Police were advised that a pilot, commanding a commercial passenger plane on a landing approach to Winnipeg, observed an Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV – drone) near the aircraft while it was in flight.

The plane was flying at an altitude of approximately 900 metres. The pilot estimated the UAV to be within 25 metres of the aircraft. The plane was able to land safely without incident.

With assistance from Nav Canada, police searched the areas where it was believed the UAV may have originated from but were unable to locate either the UAV or the operator.

The Winnipeg Police Service reminds UAV owners that a significant portion of the City of Winnipeg is controlled air space. UAV operation for personal use is subject to Transport Canada restrictions regarding altitude, purpose, size of UAV and area of use.

Commercial UAV operators must be in possession of a valid Special Flight Operations Certificate and are required to comply with all the restrictions contained in the SFOC.

In cooperation with Transport Canada, the Winnipeg Police Service may take enforcement action regarding either personal or commercial UAV operations within the City of Winnipeg. The following links provide guidelines and regulatory information regarding the operation of UAVs in Canada:

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 204-986-622 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


For further information contact either:
Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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