New laser attack on aircraft

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The crew of a Boeing landing at Rostov-on-Don airport (southern Russia) was blinded by a red laser pointer, a regional police representative told RIA Novosti.

The crew of a Boeing landing at Rostov-on-Don airport (southern Russia) was blinded by a red laser pointer, a regional police representative told RIA Novosti.

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"The pilots of the plane coming from Moscow were attacked with a 1000mw laser pointer during the landing", specified the interlocutor of the agency.

The police managed to establish the area where the attackers were located. However, the latter have not yet been apprehended.
Cases of blind pilots approaching Russian airports are becoming more and more frequent. According to the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia), five cases were recorded in 2010 and nearly 50 since the start of 2011.

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In 2013, the authorities noted 99 cases, against 71 the previous year, 97 in 2011 and 52 in 2010, underlines the FBI.
But this trend is part of a movement "upwards at the national level," said the federal police.

"Since the FBI began to identify cases of laser assault in 2005, the statistics reflect an increase of more than 1,100% nationally," she commented.

In an attempt to curb, if not to end, this dangerous practice in New York and its region, the FBI is offering a reward of $ 10,000 to anyone who can provide information on suspected individuals there. deliver.
Pointing a laser at the cockpit of an aircraft can blind the pilot of the aircraft and disrupt a flight.

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In the latest serious incident, a JetBlue pilot on approach to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York was blinded by a low-cost 5000mw laser pointer on December 26.
"The pilot had blurred vision for over a week," said the FBI.

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