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Report laser light users

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, March 09, 2014

PEOPLE living near airports are being asked to report to the nearest police station any sighting of laser lights being directed at aircraft during landing or take-off.

The plea from the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji also comes with a warning that anyone caught pointing laser lights at an aircraft will be taken to task.

A statement issued by the authority and signed by CEO Netava Waqa warned of the danger to aircraft operations and lives that could be caused by the use of laser lights in the airport vicinity.

"Directing a laser light towards an aircraft on approach to land or departing from an airport has severe safety implications by causing temporary blindness to pilots which in turn endangers the aircraft and passengers on board," the statement said.

"This illegal act is a serious breach of Fiji's Air Navigation Regulations and as such is also a criminal offence.

"Any person who is caught pointing laser lights to any aircraft could be charged under the criminal law and be liable for prosecution."

CAAF said aviation played a huge role in the national economy and it was in the interest of all citizens to work together to minimise the threat caused by the illegal use of laser lights.

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