MOSCOW, May 12 (Itar-Tass) — An unknown perpetrator overnight to Saturday blinded by laser the crew of a plane that was landing at Vnukovo Airport in the Russian capital. The press service of the city police reported in Saturday that the incident had no consequences, and the jet landed safely.
“On Friday, at 23:55, Moscow time, the Vnukovo Airport line police department reported that an unknown perpetrator at 23:16 blinded by a green laser beam a pilot of the CR-2 plane (Hamburg-Moscow) during landing at Vnukovo Airport. The beam was coming from the area of the Warsaw Highway between the Third Ring Road and the Garden Ring road,” the press service said.
A probe has been launched into the incident.
The latest previous similar incident was recorded in the RF capital’s Vnukovo airport during an airliner’s takeoff. Then 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.
According to preliminary data, these incidents are hooliganism in which the offenders use laser musical light chaser systems 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 earlier. 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.