October 31st, 2020

Laser pointed at plane


By Jensen, Randy on June 25, 2020.

LETHBRIDGE HERALD

Lethbridge Police are investigating an incident where the co-pilot of a plane preparing to land at the Lethbridge Airport was temporarily blinded by a laser.

On Tuesday at approximately 3:15 a.m. a King Air 200 flying at an altitude of approximately 5,000 feet was hit with a high-intensity green laser. The laser caused a temporary loss of vision to the co-pilot, but did not impact the pilot who was looking in the opposite direction. The laser hit the plane a total of three times. No one was injured and the aircraft was able to land safely.

It is an offence under the Aeronautics Act to engage in any behaviour that endangers the safety and security of an aircraft in flight or persons on board an aircraft in flight.

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