Laser incidents a threat to aircraft safety

2012-08-01 11:21

The number of incidents of laser lights being used against aircraft is increasing, and causing a threat to safety, the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has said.

There had already been 170 incidents of a laser being pointed at an aircraft or at an air traffic control tower this year, said SACAA director Zakhele Thwala.

Last year there were 175 incidents.

The laser lights were a distraction to both aircraft pilots and air traffic controllers.

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research national laser centre manager Dr Indumiso Cingo said that lasers were getting cheaper and more powerful, and so posed an increasing threat of safety to aircraft and their passengers. 

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