Plane hit by green laser on ap­proach to air­port:po­lice

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

RCMP are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a re­port of a green laser be­ing di­rected into the cock­pit of a com­mer­cial air­craft as it ap­proached the air­port in Char­lot­te­town. Po­lice said the WestJet pas­sen­ger air­craft en­coun­tered the beam of light at around 11 p.m. Sun­day as it flew over the Brack­ley Beach area of P.E.I. The laser, which could tem­po­rar­ily blind pi­lots, shone in the cock­pit for about five to 10 sec­onds. The pi­lot landed the plane without in­ci­dent a few min­utes later. RCMP spokes­woman Sgt. Leanne But­ler said po­lice are ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic for help af­ter they pa­trolled the area, but did not find any­thing. “We did not find a per­son last night,” said But­ler. “If any­one knows who did it, was a wit­ness to it or can point us in the right di­rec­tion we’ll cer­tainly fol­low up.” But­ler said The act of shin­ing a laser at an air­craft is a se­ri­ous fed­eral of­fence and could carry fines of up to $100,000 and five years in prison.

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