In Canada, the airliner collided with a drone

The incident happened at an altitude of approximately 450 meters and three kilometers (1.8 miles) from the airport.

"This should not have happened", Garneau told reporters during a press conference in Montreal, according to the CBC.

"This is the first time a drone has hit a commercial aircraft in Canada and I am extremely relieved that the aircraft only sustained minor damage and was able to land safely", Garneau said.

He said that planes are particularly vulnerable on the final approach to the airport as pilots are focused on landing properly. Transport Canada - the regulatory authority - reported the incident as the first of its kind.

DJI said its drones are programmed by default to fly no higher than 120 metres and the company's "geofencing" system restricts its products from flying over Quebec City airport.

He said they were following the situation in partnership with airport officials, Quebec City police, NAV CANADA and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. It appears to have been a recreational done but the government has provided very little information about who was operating the drone or why it violated airspace.

"It is extremely important for people to follow this because if a drone were to hit the window of a cockpit and incapacitate the pilot or were to damage in any way an engine this could have catastrophic results", said Garneau.

Garneau's office stated in a release that 1,596 drone incidents have been reported to Transport Canada in 2017, 131 of which were deemed aviation safety concerns.

The updated rules will include a minimum age for drone operators, a mandatory written test and users will be required to register their names and addresses on the drone itself. Violators of the restrictions could be fined as much as $25,000 on top of serving a prison sentence. Airports, helipads and seaplane based in Canada are restricted zones for drone operators without permission from Transport Canada.

Garneau reminds drone operators "all airports, helipads and seaplane bases are "No Drone Zones" and "endangering the safety of an aircraft is extremely unsafe and a serious offence".

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