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Police probe laser strike on Wgtn flight

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/09/2016
Police are investigating the incident, which happened about 8.10pm on Thursday, when a powerful green laser was pointed into the cockpit of an aircraft flying from Hamilton to Wellington. © SNPA Police are investigating the incident, which happened about 8.10pm on Thursday, when a powerful green laser was pointed into the cockpit of an aircraft flying from Hamilton to Wellington.

Two pilots of a commercial flight suffered headaches and had their vision temporarily obscured after a reported laser strike over Hutt Valley, police say.

Police are investigating the incident, which happened about 8.10pm on Thursday, when a powerful green laser was pointed into the cockpit of an aircraft flying from Hamilton to Wellington.

The plane, with passengers on board, was at 10,500 feet and the light was believed to have originated from the Trentham area.

The plane landed safely.

Police are doing area patrols, but say they need the public's help to find the offender.

They say it's an offence under the Summary Offences Act 1981 for anyone in a public place to be in possession of a high-powered laser without reasonable excuse.

The plane was at 10,500 feet and the light was believed to have originated from the Trentham area. (Representative image of Air New Zealand) © AAP The plane was at 10,500 feet and the light was believed to have originated from the Trentham area. (Representative image of Air New Zealand)
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