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Flights landing at City of Derry Airport targeted with laser pens

Police have received reports of laser pens being pointed at planes landing at City of Derry Airport.

Posting on the PSNI Foyle Facebook page on Tuesday, officers said aircraft had been targeted from the Londonderry area.

The post read: “While this may seem fun to some, it can have serious and very real consequences.

“Firstly, lasering an aircraft is incredibly dangerous. By lasering an aircraft you may dazzle or distract the pilot, it can cause temporary blindness, glaring, flash blindness and after images which can endanger both the crew and members of the public on the aircraft but also to those on the ground.

“As incidents are reported to air traffic control it can actually result in disruption to other flights.”

A spokesman for City of Derry Airport said: "We can confirm there was a laser attack on an aircraft inbound to the airport on the evening of 1 March 2018.

"The aircraft was at 2500 feet and 5 miles Southwest of the city when air traffic control were informed. The aircraft landed safely and there were no injuries."

"We would urge anyone with any information regarding this event to contact the police on the non-emergency number 101."

People found guilty of endangering the safety of an aircraft can receive a fine of up to £5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.

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