Feds get four drone complaints a week from pilots, airports across Canada

A Freefly Alta 6 drone is seen in this file image.

A Freefly Alta 6 drone is seen in this file image. GETTY IMAGES

It’s safe to assume that it was the last thing that the Toronto Island airport control tower wanted to have to cope with first thing in the morning on Canada Day.

The day before, June 30, had been the busiest day in the small airport’s history, with 13,000 passengers coming and going. Thousands more were expected on the holiday itself.

But there it was, and it had to be dealt with: a blue and white drone900 metres up, 12 kilometres away and very much in the way of all those planes. At 7:30, an air traffic controller picked up the phone and called the police.

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