Drone spotted near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport property

The Halifax District RCMP are looking for the operator of a drone that was in the vicinity of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport earlier this week.

Police responded to a complaint from a pilot just after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday that a drone was spotted outside of the airport property while taking off from the secondary runway.

RCMP say officers also saw the drone flying in the area when they arrived, but the operator couldn't be located despite extensive patrols in the area.

Halifax District RCMP Watch Commander Staff Sergeant Anthony Pompeo says not only was this breaking the law, but the operator was potentially jeopardizing the safety of all passengers and crew on flights.

Using a drone in a reckless and negligent manner could lead to penalties under the Aeronautics Act and Criminal Code, which could result in fines and jail time.