Despite all those sightings, however, an FAA spokesperson says the only actual drone-aircraft collision she knows of in the U.S. occurred last month and involved a US Army helicopter.
"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", Garneau said at a news conference.
These interim rules were put in place by Transport Canada but Garneau said Sunday that the final regulations will be approved in 2018. "That drone should not have been there".
The Skyjet aircraft was making preparations to land at Jean Lesage airport in Quebec City when it collided with what is believed to have been a drone. The aircraft suffered minor damage and no one was injured.
A drone, for the first time in Canada, has collided with an inbound passenger aircraft to Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec city, according to Transport ministry. He noted that drone violations are a major concern for the government and that to date there have been 1,596 drone incidents reported to Transport Canada.
The transport minister said Quebec police are deciding whether to investigate the case.
The minister noted that while "the vast majority" of drone operators fly responsibly, anyone tempted to fly their machine near an airport is "endangering the safety of an aircraft, [which is an] extremely unsafe and serious offense". It was also within 5.5 kilometers of an airport, which is illegal in Canada.
Around the world, there is growing concern about potential collisions between drones and larger aircraft, including passenger jets.
Federal Aviation Administration data compiled between February and September 2016 lists 1,274 possible drone sightings by US air traffic facilities, compared to 874 for the same period a year earlier.