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 12.19.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 12.19.14 **
** Airborne 12.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 12.17.14 **
** Airborne 12.15.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 12.15.14 **

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

Airborne 12.19.14: Falcon 8X Unveiled, Sportys 172LITE, Bizarre CA AvGas Lawsuit

Also: ANN/Airborne's Crystal Ball, Lear70/75 Mexico Cert, Carnegie Mellon's Lunar Rover, Dragon Delays Dassault Aviation rolled back the curtains earlier this week on the ultra-lon>[...]

Airborne 12.19.14: Falcon 8X Unveiled, Sportys 172LITE, Bizarre CA AvGas Lawsuit

Also: ANN/Airborne's Crystal Ball, Lear70/75 Mexico Cert, Carnegie Mellon's Lunar Rover, Dragon Delays Dassault Aviation rolled back the curtains earlier this week on the ultra-lon>[...]

Aero-TV: Redbird's Roger Sharp -- Pushing The Aero-Educational Envelope

One of The Most Important Aspects of GA is Flight Training... But Is The Industry Keeping Up With The Times? While at the Redbird Migration 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim C>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.20.14)

University Aviation Association We often report about aviation educational opportunities and programs here at ANN. The logic being that young people getting interested in the indus>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.20.14): Hot Start

In gas turbine engines, a start which occurs with normal engine rotation, but exhaust temperature exceeds prescribed limits.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

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