An airplane prepares to land at Pearson International Airport in Toronto THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Adrian Wyld

Leduc RCMP investigating laser pointed at aircraft

Laser strikes can cause pilots momentary blindness.

Leduc, Alta. – On Aug. 10, 2020 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Leduc RCMP responded to a complaint of a laser being pointed at an aircraft.

An air traffic controller reported that a commercially operated aircraft was preparing to land at approximately 500 feet above ground when a laser was directed at the aircraft.

Leduc RCMP made patrols of the area, but were unable to locate the person involved.

Laser strikes on an aircraft are a serious concern as they can cause momentary blindness to the pilot. Especially at night, laser strikes can lead to a possible loss of control of aircraft, posing a danger to people on the aircraft and the general public,” says Constable Cheri-Lee Smith.

Should you have any information on this incident, please call the Leduc RCMP at 780-980-7267. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.



shaela.dansereau@pipestoneflyer.ca

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