CROWSNEST PASS: RCMP have charged a Young Offender in an aircraft lasering incident that
happened at the Thunder-in-the Valley festivities on July 16th.
fireworks display, around midnight, officers patrolling the area in a
helicopter, twice noticed a green laser beam pointed at the cockpit. Officers
on the ground were able to locate the offender and seized the laser before the
flight crew were injured. The young offender, a 17-year old Lethbridge teen who can't be named, will be in
Pincher Creek court on December 2nd, to answer charges under a section of the
Canadian Aviation Regulations.
From the RCMP News Release: "There are many incidents of shining a high
powered laser light towards an airborne aircraft every year. This bright light
can produce a distraction and/or a condition called flash blindness to the
aircrew. This becomes especially dangerous when the aircraft is landing or
taking off as it may result in a crash of the aircraft. In addition the light
flash could cause permanent damage to the eyes of the aircrew
"The public is reminded that what may appear to be a small or
insignificant laser light beam will in fact reach a flying aircraft and has the
potential for fatal results. Never shine any form of laser light up into the sky
and especially never towards an aircraft".
Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 4/15/2014 4:43:37 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News