there were nearly 1,000 laser incidents involving aircraft in the UK. While
this figure is still unacceptably high, it represents a continued declining
trend (with 1,300 occurrences in 2016). In addition, 2017 saw over 240
occurrences overseas involving UK operators. Data is available on our website.
incident in July 2017, a UK airliner was targeted by a green laser during its
approach to land. While the aircraft landed safely, the laser temporarily
impaired the vision of one of the pilots who had to hand control over to the
co-pilot. On the ground, the pilot was deemed unfit to fly until they recovered
normal vision. This event was an unnecessary and avoidable distraction to
flight crew during a high workload phase of flight and could have led to
serious injury of the crew.
are most common near large city airports. They happen across the UK and are not
limited to large commercial aircraft. General aviation and emergency helicopter
flights are also targeted. This is of great concern to single pilot operations
where there is no other crew member to deal with the distraction or potential
incapacitation of a pilot.
If you see someone shining a laser at an aircraft, contact your local police.
Misuse (Vehicles) Act 2018 now means that offenders can face an unlimited fine and
even face a jail sentence of up to 5 years for endangering an aircraft. The UK CAA
coordinates the operation and work of the UK Laser Working Group (UKLWG), an Industry/UK CAA group put together to
identify key risks associated with laser attacks.
You can find
additional information on our website.
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