RAF chop­per hit by a laser id­iot’s at­tack

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A PRANKSTER who shone a laser beam at an RAF he­li­copter was be­ing hunted last night after en­dan­ger­ing the lives of the crew.

The nav­i­ga­tor and pilot of the Puma chop­per had to take eva­sive ac­tion to avoid be­ing blinded. The he­li­copter was fly­ing over Wan­tage, Ox­ford­shire, at 11.35pm last Thurs­day when the laser hit it.

A spokesman for Thames Val­ley Po­lice said: “This put the safety of the crew in dan­ger and avoid­ance ac­tion had to be taken. We are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses.”

Shin­ing lasers at air­craft now car­ries a max­i­mum five-year jail sen­tence.

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