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Russia: Aeroflot pilot "barely averted" a crash due to teen aiming laser pointer
The boy told police that he “had not planned to blind the pilot and had only directed the beam at the flashing lights of the airplane.” Police said his parents would be fined 500 rubles (USD $15) for negligence.
The deputy chief of police at the Barnaul airport, Andrey Spiridonov, said that tragedy was avoided by a miracle.
The laser pointer being displayed by police; the boy’s apartment building, mother and bedroom window. Larger versions are in a photo gallery at Altapress.ru.
Barnaul, Altai Krai federation, Siberia
It is about 4.5 miles from Barnaul Airport (red marker) to the boy’s apartment building (green marker) at 35 Sunny Glades. Click on map for a larger image.
Analysis, news links and additional details are after the jump (click “Read More…” below).
The news was reported in English in a September 25 2011 Moscow Times story, which in turn was based on reports from the Russian-language news site Altapress.ru. Below are links to the Altapress stories, plus English translations using Google Translate. Note that the third story below has photos and an interview (in Russian) with his mother.
A-320 crew was blinded by lasers while landing in Barnaulhttp://altapress.ru/story/73105/, September 22 2011 at 11:01
September 22 at 05.49 (local time) from the commander of A-320 (airline "Aeroflot") received information about an attempt to dazzle with a laser beam while landing. The aircraft performed a flight on the route Moscow - Barnaul. On board the aircraft were 120 passengers and 8 crew members. As a result of the incident no one was hurt. At 05.51 the aircraft safely landed at the airport in Barnaul.
At present, this fact Barnaul transport prosecutor's office organized test performance of the Legislation on safety, in which the circumstances are established of the incident.
Vitaly Archipenko, CEO of the airline "Altai": “I myself was in this plane. But to be honest, the beam is not seen. I know that the crew reported to the dispatcher that monitors the beam coming from the village.”
This "settlement" is itself Barnaul, as the plane sat on the left, 239 rate.
Manager, reported by the police department in our linear transport.
"Intentional use of lasers and laser-based products in the direction of implementing taxiing, takeoff, landing and flight of aircraft is punishable by an administrative fine on citizens in the amount of 50 thousand rubles or administrative arrest for up to 15 days with the confiscation of the instrumentalities of an administrative offense," - Transport Supervision said in a statement on Sept. 21.
Some pilots are skeptical of such proposals - due to the fact that many laws in the country "does not work."
As it became known altapress.ru, to investigate the incident, joined the Russian Federal Security Service officers Atayskomu edge.
By the way, the Barnaul airport glide path name Titov is far from settlements, so is the "height" blinded by Russia - this summer - at the airport hoping that the "laser boom" will not affect our airport.
Total this year in the Russian airports have been more than 50 cases of blinding pilots lasers of different power.
Established the identity of the bully, blinding the crew of the A-320, which came in to land in Barnaulhttp://altapress.ru/story/73109/, September 22 2011, 20:11
Established personality, blinding the crew of A-320, which came in to land at the Barnaul airport. It proved to be a 15-year-old boy living in the sunny glades in Barnaul.
According to security officials, maybe he did it out of malicious motives. Equipment were seized, is proceeding.
Recall, September 22 at 05.49 (local time) on the commander's A-320 (airline "Aeroflot") received information about an attempt to dazzle with a laser beam while landing. The aircraft performed a flight on the route Moscow - Barnaul. On board the aircraft were 120 passengers and 8 crew members.
As a result of the incident no one was hurt. At 05.51 the aircraft safely landed at the airport in Barnaul.
Video and PHOTO. Barnaul "laser" bully, blinded the crew of A-320, "merely dabbled"http://altapress.ru/story/73154/, September 23 2011, 8:15
September 22 in an apartment down the street Sunny Meadow, 35, worked all night operatives. The handle, which was launched from a beam in the plane A-320, were seized. Interviewed with their parents and by his teens.
Dangerous "toy" bully gave the elder brother, who works in night clubs where lighting is used at parties. Morning of 22 September the boy could not sleep, and he decided to play. I saw in the sky, the lights of the aircraft and sent to a beam.
Natalia Kolovrova, teen[’s] mom, blank the beam: “It so happened that we did not expect: Ray got to the plane, which is in front of our windows are on the landing. I do not know if this is a serious incident. It's just self-indulgence, because the thing is designed for one and took it to another.”
According to the deputy chief of police department line at the airport in Barnaul, Andrey Spiridonov, tragedy was avoided by a miracle. This was a pilot told the operatives. The beam remained in the cab almost before boarding an aircraft.
Andrey Spiridonov, Deputy Chief of Police Department, in line Barnaul Airport: “Was outlined a rough square, where the radiation went, was installed after a witness who called the police and have the exact address.”
Parents "laser" bully held to administrative responsibility. They are waiting for a fine of up to 500 rubles (st.5.35 Administrative Code "Failure by parents or other legal representatives of minor maintenance obligations and education of minors").
Reference: September 22 at 05.49 (local time) from the commander of A-320 (airline "Aeroflot") received information about an attempt to dazzle lasers while landing. The aircraft performed a flight on the route Moscow - Barnaul. On board the aircraft were 120 passengers and 8 crew members. As a result of the incident no one was hurt. At 05.51 the aircraft safely landed at the airport in Barnaul.