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US: Man arrested after laser "blacks out" pilot
17 Nov 2011 -- Categories: Aviation incidents | Arrests | Did not realize hazard | Eye effect or injury
Jorge Garcia of Lehigh Acres, Florida (near Fort Myers) was arrested November 15 2011 for aiming a laser at a Lee County Sheriff’s Office helicopter. Two pilots had been searching for suspects in a shooting, when a green laser was pointed at them. According to a news report, the pilots “had been wearing night vision goggles, when the first pilot sustained injury from the laser and ‘blacked out’. “ The laser continued to be aimed at the aircraft for two minutes, until ground units arrived. Garcia was arrested after officers questioned three people found at a residence. Garcia told deputies he thought the lasing was a joke.
Jorge Garcia, charged with one count of pointing a laser light at a driver or pilot, causing injury.