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Public Warned Of Laser Lights

Members of the public are once again requested by the Fiji Police Force to refrain from directing laser pointers at aircrafts. The Chief Operations Officer of the Fiji Police Force,
04 Sep 2014 08:13

Members of the public are once again requested by the Fiji Police Force to refrain from directing laser pointers at aircrafts.

The Chief Operations Officer of the Fiji Police Force, Senior Superintendant Rusiate Tudravu said the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) has again been receiving reports from Nadi and Nausori airports.

“Two cases have been brought to our attention on the deliberate and improper use of laser pointers in the vicinity of airports being directed towards aircraft on critical phases of flight such as take-off, approach and landing,” SSP Tudravu said.

He said the CAAF had brought the issue to their attention and the public has been forewarned that pointing laser lights towards aircraft on approach to land or departing from an airport could blind pilots and endanger the aircraft and passengers on board.

“This is a serious breach of Fiji’s Air Navigation Regulations and is also a criminal offence,” SSP Tudravu said.

He said any person caught pointing laser lights at any aircraft could be charged under criminal law and be liable for prosecution.

The public is requested to report any sightings of laser lights being directed at aircrafts on approach to land or during take off phase, to the nearest Police station.

Feedback:  ana.sovaraki@fijisun.com.fj



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