Drone near Kelowna airport draws cops

Kelowna International Airport is pictured in this undated photo.
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KELOWNA – Police were called to the Kelowna airport sometime last month when someone flew their drone too close for comfort.

RCMP don't say exactly when the incident happened, but do say the drone got “in the vicinity of the Kelowna International Airport.”

Police were unable to locate the drone or its operator.

Manager of Airport Safety and Security Neil Drachenberg says the incident serves as a reminder of the dangers drones pose to aircraft.

“Flying a remotely piloted aircraft system in the vicinity of an airport not only poses a significant safety risk to the passengers and crew members on board all incoming and outgoing flights, but also to the members of the general public below,” Drachenberg says in a media release.

Operating a drone within 5.5 kilometres of any airport is prohibited, and the Kelowna RCMP encourage residents to call police immediately if you notice suspicious activity or witness the dangerous operation of a remotely piloted aircraft.

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