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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. 

During the 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 members". 

 "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
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