Hawaii: Another helicopter struck by laser

We already posted some articles on the topic, but cases with helicopters struck by laser are still reported. Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal offense which could lead to arrest or fines of up to $300,000.

Hawaiinewsnow.com reported that for the fifth time this year, a Coast Guard aircraft was struck by a laser.

The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was flying in the dark at altitude of about 400 ft. when crew members saw a green light zeroing in on their aircraft.

Lt. Dennis Westermann, one of the helicopter pilots said the laser hit a fellow pilot in the eye but he was able to recover.

But we all know how dangerous these strikes can be. Not only can it cause blindness to the pilot, but it could also force him to cancel a rescue mission.

In the last case reported by the Coast Guard, no one was injured, so the crew continued the search but were unable to find the distressed boater.

This is the fifth incident this year, and Coast Guard officials are on extra alert and are urging anyone with any knowledge of the incident to contact Honolulu Police.

The Coast Guard also is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate the incident.

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Original article: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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