Transport Canada and RCMP are investigating after a powered parachute ventured into Calgary airspace this week.
Just before 7 p.m. Monday the machine and operator were seen flying in the Airdrie and Balzac areas.
Cst. Dan Martin with Airdrie RCMP said the presence of the parachute caused problems for flights trying to land.
“It was actually the Calgary International Airport control tower that called it in, saying there was a powered parachute interfering with their air traffic, ” explained Martin.
He said the Calgary Police helicopter was in the air and made it’s presence known to the operator of the parachute.
“No one was able to make any radio contact with the operator, and I think HAWCS tried to get in a little closer to him. The operator saw the police helicopter and decided to land.”
Police said the operator is cooperating with investigators and Martin doesn’t believe he had any malicious intent.
“There’s a lot of air traffic in this area, above Airdrie with Calgary International being right next to us.”
“There’s a lot of drones out there that people have access to, there’s power parachutes, there all kinds of pleasure aircraft going in the air and people have to be careful,” Martin said.
Transport Canada has jurisdiction in this case, but so far there’s no word on charges or a fine.