Man Who Shone Laser At Police Helo To Face Federal Charges | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.22.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.22.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.21.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.21.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 **

Tue, Dec 11, 2007

Man Who Shone Laser At Police Helo To Face Federal Charges

Police Pinpoint Location, Man Found Minutes Later

As the ANN staff works diligently to ready our End-Of-Year coverage, one category of citizen has risen to the very top of our "Aero-Twerps" list for 2007: bozos who shine laser pointers at flying aircraft. And lo and behold, we have another one to tell you about.

A Medford, MA man will likely face federal charges, after he allegedly illuminated a State Police helicopter with a portable laser beam device.

The Boston Globe reports the light never actually shined in the pilots eyes, or interfered with the flight... and, as has become rote in such matters, officials add there was no link to a terrorist threat.

The helicopter was flying on a mission to secure a gas tanker that was leaking near the shore when the flight crew noticed a laser light shinning on the aircraft. Police onboard the helicopter used equipment to pinpoint and identify the origin of the laser beam in the Medford-Somerville area.

A search for the unidentified male ensued. Officers from the US Coast Guard -- as well as Medford, Somerville and state police -- searched the area, and arrested the suspect about 90 minutes later.

The case has been turned over to federal officials, since illuminating aircraft in non-emergencies is a federal offense.

Incidentally... a quick search of the ANN archives revealed at least 10 stories of similar occurences since January 1 of this year. Sigh...

FMI: www.medford.org/Pages/index, www.faa.gov, www.fbi.gov

Advertisement

More News

Game-Changing NBAA2014 Sponsor Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics!

Innovation Brings Safe, Certified, Nanophosphate® Lithium Batteries To New Business Aircraft True Blue Power is the first company in the world to achieve FAA TSO and EASA ETSO >[...]

Airborne at NBAA--10.21.14: NBAA2014 Opens, Eclipse Update, FJ44 TBO Increase

Also: Shuster/Hart Address NBAA, Gogo Means Business, BBJ Maxes Out, Hartzell Pulls Its Weight The NBAA Opening General Session featured two well-known names from Washington. Repre>[...]

Airborne at NBAA--10.20.14: HondaJet, Honeywell Forecast, Gulfstream's G500/G600

Also: Garmin's ADS-B For BizAv, R44s For Jordan, Textron Aviation, Hartzell Props, Clarity Aloft Pro Plus At a news conference early Monday at the 2014 NBAA convention, HondaJet sa>[...]

Airborne at NBAA--10.21.14: NBAA2014 Opens, Eclipse Update, FJ44 TBO Increase

Also: Shuster/Hart Address NBAA, Gogo Means Business, BBJ Maxes Out, Hartzell Pulls Its Weight The NBAA Opening General Session featured two well-known names from Washington. Repre>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.22.14)

Airport Operators Association - U.K. Founded in 1934, the Airport Operators Association (AOA) is the national voice of UK airports.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC