Monday, November 28, 2016

Laser beams pose danger in the air

While approaching runway 29 of Indira Gandhi International Airport on Saturday night, the pilot of a Pune-Delhi Vistara flight reported distraction in vision.
Around 10pm, the pilot of the UK 922 flight told Air Traffic Control that a green laser light approximately 6 nautical miles away from his location had caused the distraction. Following this, Airport Operation Control Centre informed airport operator DIAL. Police too were informed.
This is not the first time that such an incident was reported from the airport. In August, two pilots—one from Air Asia and the other from Jet Airways—had complained that their view was disrupted while landing by a green laser beam. Both the flights were preparing to land on runway 29. Officials said that the runway is surrounded by farmhouses, banquet halls, hotels and restaurants that use laser lights during functions.
28/11/16 Anvit Srivastava/The Times Of India

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