Po­lice probe laser beamed into air­craft

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

HAL­I­FAX - Po­lice say a pi­lot was briefly dazed af­ter a laser was pointed at his small plane as he flew over a Hal­i­fax sub­urb.

They say a Di­a­mond DA20 sin­gle-en­gine air­craft was fly­ing above Ham­monds Plains Road and High­way 102 in Bedford just be­fore 11 p.m. Tues­day, when the pi­lot’s vi­sion be­came tem­po­rar­ily im­paired due to a laser beam point­ing into the cock­pit.

Const. Dianne Pen­found says po­lice searched the area where the beam was thought to have orig­i­nated, but didn’t find any sus­pects.

She es­ti­mates the plane was fly­ing at an al­ti­tude of about 1,220 me­tres, and was on its way to Moncton, N.B.

She says the avi­a­tion se­cu­rity unit is look­ing into the mat­ter, adding that the of­fence car­ries a max­i­mum penalty un­der the Aero­nau­tics Act of a $100,000 fine, five years in pri­son or both.

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