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Airplane pilot blinded by a laser pointer

18 August 2009 / 15:08:38  GRReporter
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Rhodes Island police arrested two kids at the age of 13 and 14 who were using a laser pointer to blind the pilot of Aleksandroupoli-Rhodes line airplane. Because of the laser, the pilot could not land the airplane from the first time. The police have captured the children, as well as their parents.

Only a week ago a 16-year old child tried to blind another pilot with the same laser pointer. The adolescent was held after the pilot made a complaint to the chief of "Nikos Kazadzakis" airport on Crete. The mother of the kid was also taken into custody because of neglecting her child.

In the USA blinding with a laser pointer may be seen as terrorism. A popular case is the one of an American who was showing the stars to his 7-year old daughter days before New Year eve, on December 29, when he accidentally blinded the pilot and co-pilot of a 6-seated "Cessna" charter airplane, landing in the nearby Teterboro airport. Luckily, the pilots managed to land the plane without any problems. The father, however, had to pay a fine of thousands of dollars and spend several years in prison. He is considered lucky that he was not accused in "terrorism".

Since a laser pointer is not that hard to purchase, anybody can use it for different purposes. To show, for example, to his/her son who is Enzo Maresca while Olympiakos is playing for the UEFA champions cup. The players are complaining of the rays pointed at them during soccer or basketball games.

Dilyana Ivanova

 

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