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Aircraft danger as laser pen yobs put lives at risk

Glasgow Airport. Birds may fly in front of aircraft. Planes, Jets taking off. KLF.  Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 12th Oct  2012

Glasgow Airport. Birds may fly in front of aircraft. Planes, Jets taking off. KLF. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 12th Oct 2012

YOBS have tried to bring down planes flying over Bearsden by shining lasers into cockpits.

Pilots are being targeted as they fly over the area while preparing to land at Glasgow Airport.

Police have identified an area of Bearsden where they believe the laser-pen attacks are coming from.

They said they have received “numerous” reports of incidents from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in the past two weeks.

Bearsden lies on the flightpath into the airport and planes frequently pass low overhead.

It is understood there have been similar incidents in Bearsden in the past.

So far no planes have had to take evasive action – but a Milngavie Police spokeswoman said the attacks could have “disastrous” consequences.

She told the Herald: “Over the last couple of weeks there have been numerous reports of laser beams being shone at the cockpits of planes flying over the Bearsden area.

DISASTROUS

“The implications of incidents like this are disastrous and police would like to warn the public that incidents of this nature will not be tolerated and those found to be responsible will be dealt with in the strictest terms.”

A spokesperson for Glasgow Airport said pilots have been notifying the National Air Traffic Services, who pass on the information to the CAA, who in turn contact the police.

The spokesman said: “We are aware of a number of incidents in recent weeks of people shining laser pens at aircraft.”

The spokesman added: “Not only is this extremely dangerous, it is also a criminal offence and we would urge anyone who witnesses such an act to contact the police immediately.”

 

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