The Red Deer RCMP have seized a recreational drone after it flew to close to the Red Deer Regional Hospital flight path.
Someone called police Wednesday morning to say the drone was seen as a STARS Air Ambulance was coming in for a landing at the Red Deer Regional Hospital.
“The caller felt it was interfering with the flight path of a STARS ambulance. Members responded immediately and we were able to locate the drone,” said RCMP Corporal Karen Kay.
Police seized the foldable Mavic Pro drone as part of the investigation into whether the drone was in violation of the Federal Aeronautics Act.
An investigation is underway to see if the drone was actually in the flight path, or just near it.
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“Public safety is a huge concern for us so we want to make sure that nothing is interfering with making our town, our community, our city safe. So it’s a big deal for us,” said Kay.
Transport Canada regulations regarding the operation of drones fall under the Aeronautics Act – specifically, under the newly approved “Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft” passed on March 13, 2017 – and restrict the use of recreational drones in populated areas.
RCMP say violation of drone flight rules could put lives, aircraft and property at risk, and could result in fines of up to $3,000 for recreational use. (eb)