Doncaster airport warns of danger after laser targets jet

Laser pen
Laser pen

Passengers could have been put at risk on an airliner as it approached Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport when hooligans on the ground targeted the plane with a laser pen.

Police have been called to try to trace the source of the light, which has been described as extremely dangerous by airport bosses

Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster.

Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster.

Officers investigating the incident said they were notified of the attack by the aircraft’s crew after they had landed at the Finningley airport.

The jet landed safety after completing the journey. It is not known which airline was involved.

The laser is thought to have been shone at the aircraft as it flew over Appleby, north Lincolnshire, around 30 miles from the airport.

Officials at the airport yesterday warned of the dangers.

Robin Hood Airport managing director Steve Gill said: “Shining lasers at aircraft pilots can be extremely dangerous.

“This is a police matter and we will work closely with the police to assist them in their investigations.”

Humberside Police confirmed they were investigating.

Sgt Howard Garlick, of Scunthorpe’s Community Policing Team, said: “The law states that it is an offence to behave recklessly or negligently or act in a manner likely to endanger the safety of an aircraft.

“We will always investigate reports of this nature and seek to prosecute anyone participating in this kind of behaviour. People may not be aware that if found guilty of such an offence they could face a prison sentence.”

It is thought to be the first incident of laser pens being shone into an aircraft heading for the airport.

But there have been a number of incidents of people shining lasers at other aircraft, including the South Yorkshire Police helicopter.

A Mexborough man was handed a 26-week prison sentence for shining a laser in the eyes of a police helicopter pilot in flight last month

Doncaster Magistrates’ Court heard how after a taking a cocktail of cannabis and alcohol on Saturday night, Jack Guest, aged 25, shone a laser pen directly into the eyes of the force helicopter pilot who was flying above his house.

Guest, of Oak Court, Mexborough, admitted to pointing the laser pen towards the pilot a total of three times, which left the police pilot unable to see clearly and caused him to divert the path of the helicopter.

He had pleaded guilty to acting negligently in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or person in an aircraft.

A 13-year-old boy was spoken to by police after shining a laser pen at a helicopter taking off from Robin Hood Airport in 2009.

n Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting crime reference number BN/2113545.