Russia terrified watching monuments destroyed in Palmyra — culture ministerRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 21, 17:08
Russian bombers deliver successfully strikes on terrorists' facilities in SyriaWorld January 21, 15:39
Denmark uses Russian data in its application for expanding shelf — ministerBusiness & Economy January 21, 15:15
Agreement on bases in Syria to serve strengthening of stability in Middle East — MPRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 21:18
Trump's inaugural address: When America is united, America is totally unstoppableWorld January 20, 20:57
Hermitage chief: New Palmyra destruction comes across as militants' vengeanceRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 20:29
Russia's first deputy PM wants to keep current tax system for next political cycleBusiness & Economy January 20, 19:53
Russia’s Shipulin clinches gold in 20km individual race of IBU World Cup stage in ItalySport January 20, 19:18
Prominent Russian adventurer Konyukhov to take samples from Mariana Trench floorSociety & Culture January 20, 19:15
MOSCOW, May 1 (Itar-Tass) — An unknown perpetrator has blinded a plane’s pilot by a laser during takeoff from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport. The city’s law enforcement bodies told Itar-Tass on Tuesday that the transport police are conducting a probe into the incident.
The incident occurred overnight to Monday when the plane with number YuK-187 that was on the route Vnukovo-Nalchik has just gained altitude. “An unknown person blinded the pilot by a laser beam near the ·· Novo-Peredelkino district of the city. The crew reported the incident to the traffic controller and continued the flight,” said the source.
According to preliminary data, the hooligan used a laser musical light chaser system that can emit a beam at a distance of several kilometres. Some fans of the musical show install such equipment at home and shine it through the windows, some - on their cars and it works as the car trunk opens: the beam effectively pierces deep into the sky (for tens of kilometres depending on the power). However, these people do not bother that such fun could be the cause of an air crash.
Similar cases of blinding of air crews have also occurred over the city airports in the past. The police have also detained the suspects. In particular, a man was detained in the Sparrow Hills area in Moscow in whose car the police found a powerful laser device. The detainee was suspected of blinding an airplane taking off from Vnukovo airport. However, the police failed to prove the guilt of the suspect.
The State Duma lower house of parliament has recently developed a bill on criminal liability for the blinding of pilots – because the number of “laser hooligans” has considerably grown. The lawmakers propose to punish them with several years in prison.