A Porter airlines flight crew had to take evasive action to avoid a Unidentified Flying Object "UFO", as the plane approached Toronto's downtown airport on Monday morning 11/14/16.
None of the 54 passengers on board were injured during the incident, now being investigated by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB).
The TSB said the "risk of mid-air collision" happened before 7:30 a.m. ET and involved flight POE204 traveling from Ottawa to Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport.
Porter said the event happened over Lake Ontario near Pickering, Ont. — about 55 kilometres east of Toronto — as the de Havilland Dash 8-400 plane was flying at a height of about 9,000 feet. The statement said pilots noticed an UFO in the distance, which they originally thought was a balloon.
"As they approached the UFO, they realized it was very close to their flight path and decided to take appropriate evasive action," Porter said in a statement released Monday afternoon.
Flight radar shows the plane made a sharp zig-zag before continuing on to Toronto.
"There was no contact between the aircraft and UFO."
"After debriefing, there is potential that the UFO was a drone"? the statement says.
Porter says two flight attendants who were clearing the plane's cabin for landing sustained minor injuries. They were taken to hospital and released.
The airline says it's working with the TSB on its investigation.
The above is a report found on line at the CBC website - [Link moved to FI Section/cms/tg] This is all over the news in Toronto and the GTA. Local radio stations said - off air to me - this was NOT a drone.
Further investigations should take place ASAP with Porter and their staff. mufon cms# 80420