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Lasers In The News

by John M. White |

A 19 year old decided to shine a green laser at the cockpit of a commercial airliner attempting to land at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ, but wasn't looking for the police helicopter that spotted him and sent a patrol car with officers who arrested him.Click on image to enlarge

It seems this wasn't the first time he tried this, and with police and local pilots on alert they spotted the man and quickly arrested him.  It turns out the culprit was a student from France on a visa, and he was apprehended by police while surrounded by a group of people and under the police helicopter spotlight.

So much for better relations with France, eh?  I wonder why he was targeting aircraft.  Apparently the laser was purchased from Radio Shack, and while not lethal was certainly adequate to distract the attention of crew members during the landing phase.

Perhaps he was celebrating earth day.

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


A commercial aircraft is a vehicle capable of supporting itself aerodynamically and economically at the same time.


— William B. Stout, designer of the Ford Tri-Motor



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