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WestJet pilot experiences a laser strike while landing at Florida airport

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A WestJet pilot was able to safely land a plane at the Orlando international Airport after having his eyes burned by a green laser light.

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According to a spokesperson of the airline and the WestJet flight had departed from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Saturday evening. The plane had started its descent in the Florida airport when the incident occurred.

The pilot is placed on medical leave pending a review.
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“Laser incidents are a serious concern for crew and aircraft safety, and have serious consequences for those who are shining lasers in a manner that may result in injury or damage. These incidents are immediately reported to the local authorities for further investigation,” spokesman Morgan Bell told Fox News in a statement.

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“A pilot who reports being struck by a laser is necessary for the safety and health of the reasons for an ophthalmic evaluation,” she added.

The pilot is placed on medical leave pending a review, Click Orlando reported.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. However, the crew could not determine where the laser was coming from as they are trained to look away and keep the focus on the environment as a kind of light in the wheelhouse.

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Last week, three people were arrested in the South of Los Angeles for pointing a laser beam at an aircraft and now face a fine or up to five years in prison.

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