Drones have come dangerously close to mid-air collisions with B.C. planes 15 times this year

Federal Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt launches the government's campaign for safety awareness for unmanned air vehicles or drones in Toronto in October.

The Canadian Press/Chris YoungFederal Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt launches the government’s campaign for safety awareness for unmanned air vehicles or drones in Toronto in October.

Unmanned aerial vehicles — better known as drones — posed a risk to airplanes at least 15 times so far this year in B.C., some coming to within 30 metres or less of a collision, a Postmedia News review of Transport Canada records shows.

The 15 incidents involved a wide range of airplanes and companies: for instance, a Pacific Coastal Airlines’ 19-passenger twin-propeller Beech 1900C landing at Vancouver International Airport (YVR); a single-turbine Harbour Air 14-passenger de Havilland DHC-3 preparing to depart from Vancouver harbour; and a Jazz 50-passenger Bombardier CL-600-2B19 regional jet on descent to Vancouver airport.

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