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Planes above Wellington targeted in separate laser strikes

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Both planes were targeted near Wellington Airport.

Both planes were targeted near Wellington Airport.

Two planes in two nights have been struck by lasers in the skies above Wellington.

“Laser strikes against aircraft can have incredibly serious – and potentially fatal – consequences,” Inspector Wade Jennings said.

“Deliberately shining a laser at any aircraft can temporarily blind the pilot and disorient them, potentially leading to them losing control of the aircraft.”

A green laser was pointed at a plane in Wellington on Tuesday (File photo).

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A green laser was pointed at a plane in Wellington on Tuesday (File photo).

About 10.45pm on Monday a small aircraft was targeted by a laser strike in the area of Wellington Airport, police said.

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About 10.15pm on Tuesday a two-seater plane, with a pilot and instructor on board, was struck twice by a green laser within Wellington Airport-controlled airspace.

The airport control tower told police that the laser came from the Tiotio Rd, Pinelands Ave, or Fettes Cres area above Strathmore. Police were deployed but couldn’t find the culprit.

Police are appealing for information.

The incidents have been referred to the Civil Aviation Authority.

 

 

 

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