LASER beams have been directed at the cockpit windows of planes landing at a Queensland airport three times in the last month, putting passengers’ lives at risk. Aviation officials believe a strong green laser was aimed at two 18-passenger planes and a 125-seat Jetstar Boeing 717 as they lined up to land at Maroochydore Airport. Two, including the Jetstar incident, took place in December while the third was reported last week about 22km from the airport as the plane was on a final approach in the evening. The Federal Government has grave concerns about the incidents. Transport Minister John Anderson’s spokesman warned that “any act that would potentially endanger the flying public will not be tolerated”. “The Government treats the shining of lasers into the cockpits of landing aircraft very seriously, and there are extremely heavy penalties for anybody found to be deliberately engaging in this stupid and dangerous practice,” the spokesman said. Full Story
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