Aviation experts are outraged over a YouTube video that shows a remote-controlled drone flying close to an airplane at Vancouver International Airport.
The video, posted to YouTube on Nov. 4, 2013 by user Quadrotor Dragonfly, was filmed using a camera aboard the drone as it appears to be flying at the same altitude as a jetliner as the jetliner passes by on its way to land at the airport.
“It’s pilots like these who can give the hobby a black eye,” said Steve Hughes, a member of the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada’s board of directors. “YouTube is going to be the death of us.”
Rod Nelson, a spokesman for Transport Canada, said his department is very concerned, and is investigating the incident.
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