An Emirates flight has been put at serious risk after being targeted in a laser attack, according to reports yesterday.
The Emirates aircraft was flying over Hertfordshire near London when a green laser was shone directly at the plane for a couple of seconds.
Green laser light is considered particularly hazardous because it can travel for great distances and temporarily blind a pilot. While a laser operated from the ground cannot be shone directly into a pilot’s eyes if the plane is, say, a few thousand feet in the air, cockpit window glass acts like a prism, spreading the dazzling light around a cockpit.
Green laser strike
Some lasers are only the size of a pen and the effect can be devastating if the light hits the cockpit directly.
London’s Daily Mail pointed out that the latest incident came after a British Airways flight was targeted in a laser beam attack as it approached London’s Heathrow Airport in August.
Most incidents happen around London Heathrow, according the UK Civil Aviation Authority, with 121 such attacks recorded during the course of 2015.
Written by Peter Needham