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Civil Aviation warns of risks from lasers

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC) director Alejandro Herrera on Monday revealed “illegal interference” with laser pointers on commercial passenger aircraft during landing, prompting complaints from pilots and airlines.

He warns that lasers pose a threat to air traffic safety since they can temporarily blind pilots with a serious danger to aircraft and passengers.

“The use of laser to target aircraft poses many security risks to aviation, which would qualify as an act of terrorism,” the official said and warned of legal consequences.

Herrera said the laser beamĀ“s reflection multiplies in the cockpit, and during critical phase of flight or if the pilot is busy, can be a distraction and risk. He cited a recent JetBlue flight from Kennedy-New York, whose pilot reported multiple laser beams pointed at the cabin.

Source: DT

Dec 15, 2015

Category: DR News |

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