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RCMP investigating after laser pointed at aircraft near Villeneuve Airport
RCMP are investigating after an aircraft approaching the Villeneuve Airport was struck by a laser on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 8:53AM MST
Morinville RCMP are investigating, after a laser was pointed at an aircraft as it approached the Villeneuve Airport Wednesday evening.
Police were notified of the incident by Nav Canada – who said the aircraft was struck with a green laser. The pilot managed to land the aircraft safely.
RCMP used the incident as a reminder that a laser pointed at an aircraft can temporarily blind the pilot, putting everyone on board at risk.
Transport Canada said there were more than 500 reported laser strikes in 2016 – a person convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft under the Aeronautics Act could face up to $100,000 in fines, five years in jail, or both.
Anyone with details on the incident is asked to call Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4520. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).