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.

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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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