Strike action: laser attacks on aircraft

Incidents of laser strikes on aircraft are serious threats to those on board. Mark Broadbent looks at how the problem is being tackled.

Protesters flash laser lights at a police helicopter during a rally at Tamar Park, Hong Kong
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Eric Bellings flies for the emergency helicopter operator Flight for Life Colorado. His aircraft was struck by a laser while flying in October 2021, and he told AIR International: “I have personally experienced these laser strikes on multiple occasions.”

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