The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has confirmed they are investigating a potential “mid-air collision” between an unidentified object and a Porter Airlines plane early on Monday morning.
The C-8 402 was flight POE 204 originating in Ottawa travelling to Toronto with an arrival time scheduled for 7:29 A.M., when minutes before landing pilots had to make a quick “evasive maneuver”.
Early reports said the object was believed to be a drone, however, Senior Regional Investigator for the TSB – Ontario Peter Rowntree says the pilots could not confirm what it was.
“We don’t know what it was, and neither do they (the pilots)”, said Rowntree, “They realized that they were going to collide with an object and quickly took evasive action by essentially going under it.”
The object was directly in the plane’s flight path at about 9000 feet, just 50 kilometres east of the airport.
Of the 58 on board, two of the 4 crew suffered minor injuries as they began to prepare for landing.
Investigators are going through the cockpit voice recorder, and a download from the flight data recorder, and will look at all that information to see whether a further investigation is required.
TSB deploys a team at CYTZ following a risk of mid-air collision east of Toronto, ON https://t.co/pmuDHaqFOn
— TSB of Canada (@TSBCanada) November 14, 2016