WestJet aircraft hit by green laser on approach to airport in Charlottetown

Published on July 17, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN — RCMP are investigating a report of a green laser being directed into the cockpit of a commercial aircraft as it approached the airport in Charlottetown.

Police say the WestJet passenger aircraft encountered the beam of light at around 11 p.m. Sunday as it flew over the Brackley Beach area of P.E.I.

The laser, which could temporarily blind pilots, shone in the cockpit for about five to 10 seconds.

The pilot landed the plane without incident.

RCMP spokeswoman, Sgt. Leanne Butler, says police are appealing for the public's help after a search of the area failed to turn up a suspect.

Butler says the act of shining a laser at an aircraft is a serious federal offence and could carry fines of up to $100,000 and five years in prison.




The Canadian Press