A police drone of the type DJI Matrice 210 collided with a Cessna, in which two people were seated, during a deployment by a Canadian police force earlier this month. The front of the aircraft was damaged, but it was able to be safely landed. The drone was completely destroyed. This is not the first time that a Canadian police drone has collided with a manned aircraft.

The incident took place in the early afternoon of August 10, just northwest of Toronto-Buttonville Airport, located in the Canadian Lakes Region. A DJI Matrice 210 was sent into the air in support of a police operation by the York Regional Police. The drone was brought into the approach of one of the runways.

At the same time, a Cessna 172M Skyhawk of Canadian Flyers International, with registration number C-GKWL, approached. This was a training aircraft, with a trainee pilot and his instructor on board. For an unclear reason, there was no separation and the Cessna collided head-on with the drone. This damaged the propeller and the nose of the aircraft.

Nevertheless, the aircraft was able to land safely and no one was injured. However, the drone was completely destroyed. The Canadian Transportation Safety Board has investigated the incident.

The DJI M210 can carry two payloads and has a relatively long flight time. For this reason, the aircraft is popular with police forces, among others. The aircraft is equipped with a function that warns of the approach of a manned aircraft (DJI AirSense), provided the aircraft is equipped with an ADS-B transponder.

This is not the first time that a Canadian police drone has collided with a manned aircraft. At the beginning of 2020, a helicopter of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was hit by a drone also used by the police during a search operation. At the time, it was a case of human error: the drone pilot was calculating in altimetres, while the helicopter pilot was passing on his height in feet.

Source: dronewatch.nl