RCMP investigating lasers pointed at planes

Sunshine Coast RCMP are investigating two incidents involving a blue laser being pointed at planes flying over the area of Thormanby Island.

RCMP said that just before 11 p.m. on July 20, the Sunshine Coast detachment was advised of a call to Comox Valley RCMP from an air traffic controller in Comox reporting the incidents. 

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“A laser is not a toy,” RCMP said in a July 29 release. Aiming a laser at an aircraft can cause a major accident by distracting the pilot, creating glare that affects the pilot’s vision and temporarily blinding the pilot.

“Such actions are dangerous and jeopardize the safety of the passengers and crew on these flights," said Cpl. Stacey Robinson. “As well, it can result in charges under the Aeronautics Act which can result in a fine up $100,000."

RCMP are asking anyone with information to contact the Sunshine Coast detachment at 604-885-2266 and reference file 2020-4807.


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