Laser ‘Strike’ At Emergency Helicopter Investigated Near WW
According to reports, the Walla Walla Police Department is investigating what's called a "laser strike" at an emergency helicopter trying to and Sunday night in Walla Walla.
Life Flight chopper pilot notices a strong beam of light being pointed at his craft
The Life Flight helicopter was attempting to land at Providence St. Mary's Medical Center when the pilot observed a laser 'beam' being pointed at their chopper.
Walla Walla Police were able to trace the location, which they say is rare, to a home a few blocks from the hospital. A man was located and seen pointing a laser in the sky and he will be facing charges.
Federal law prohibits pointing any kind of laser at any kind of aircraft, and the penalty for the civil violation can be as high as $11K.
The FBI is investigating a rash of incidents at Sea-Tac Airport
MyNorthest.com reported recently some 100 similar incidents are being investigated at Sea-Tac Airport where the issue has gotten dangerous. Officials say it's becoming a growing problem nationally as well.
Lasers, due to their blinding beam, could severely affect a pilot's vision, especially on take-off and landing. If the laser refracts or reflects off the cockpit glass, it can be blinding.
It's also a felony to point such a laser at an emergency vehicle, ambulance or police car as well.
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