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Laser pointed at aircraft in Wellington

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/01/2017

Police are investigating a sighting of a laser pointed at an aircraft at Wellington Airport.

Police were notified about 10.30pm on Monday when a person who had been filming a plane came into a police station to show the footage says Senior Sergeant Quentin Ward.

The laser was pointing at an aircraft at the southeast corner of the airport.

Sen Sgt Ward says police take these reports very seriously as pointing lasers at aircraft can have dire consequences.

Direct eye exposure to a laser beam can cause momentary "flash blindness".

Anyone caught doing it can be sent to prison for as much as 12 months and be fined as much as $10,000.

Pilots of a flight from Brisbane to Christchurch reported seeing a green light hitting the plane about 11.50pm on Thursday when the plane was north of Greymouth. That sighting was reported to police and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Last year a Christchurch man was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison after being found guilty on two counts of endangering safety for shining a laser at a Virgin Airlines flight carrying 121 passengers.

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