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Military flight aborted after laser pointed at aircraft

'In Greenwood where search and rescue flights operate routinely, this could also affect the safety of those in need of assistance,' said Lieutenant-Colonel B. Baker
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A Canadian Armed Forces pilot had to abort a flight after a laser was pointed at the aircraft Monday night.

Nova Scotia RCMP say the CC-130 Hercules was on the taxiwayin Greenwood just before 9 p.m. when the laser was shone into the cockpit.

Witnesses said the laser appeared to be coming from an area south of the base, but Mounties were not able to find a suspect.

"Lasers present a serious risk to aviation. They can impair the pilots' vision, therefore putting at risk the lives of all occupants and people on the ground," said Lieutenant-Colonel B. Baker, Deputy Commander 14 Wing Greenwood in a news release.

"Incidents involving lasers pointed at airplanes cause the flight to be cancelled automatically for investigation and safety of the crews. In Greenwood where search and rescue flights operate routinely, this could also affect the safety of those in need of assistance."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kingston RCMP at 902-765-3317 or submit an anonymous tip through Crimes Stoppers.




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