Ottawa air ambulance hit
A blinding laser was repeatedly fired at the pilots of a Ornge medical helicopter in the night sky Kelvin Benjamin Kids Jersey over Ottawa, Transport Canada reports. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) operation to reduce the 4,000 reported aviation laser attacks there annually. Friday. The Ornge air ambulance service pilots flying anAgusta Westland AW139 chopper were targeted twice by a green laser beam about five kilometres northeast of Ottawa airport.
The incident was reported to Transport Canada by Nav Canada, the company that managers Canada's civilian airspace. A Kelvin Benjamin Womens Jersey Ornge spokesman was unable Wednesday to add additional details, including whether the craft was on an emergency medical call.
A similar 2009 lasing incident left an Ornge pilot with serious eye damage and grounded for several weeks after he was hit with a laser beam while flying at about 2,000 feet over the Gatineau Hills.
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Worse, they can become disoriented and lose their night vision and the ability to see instrumentation, runways, helipads and obstacles. The greatest risk is during descents, landings and takeoffs.
Transport Canada statistics show a 24 per cent increase last year in reported laser pointer strikes against aircraft in Canadian skies 461 compared with357 in 2012. incidents compares with just 300 in 2005.
The FBI is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone who intentionally Kony Ealy Kids Jersey points a laser at a plane or helicopter. schools.
The nationwide initiative mirrors a 60 day pilot project earlier this year at 12 major metropolitan FBI field offices where lasing was most common. That crackdown is credited with 19 per cent drop in reported incidents.
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