Investigation launched in laser pen incident

Worcester News: Investigation launched in laser pen incident Investigation launched in laser pen incident

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into an incident in which a green laser pen was pointed at a plane flying over Malvern last month.

Police were called on Saturday, March 22 by air traffic controllers in Hampshire following reports an Air Hamburg flight at 17,000ft flying towards Birmingham International Airport was targeted by a laser pen three times at about 7.30pm that evening.

The details have been passed to the Civil Aviation Authority, which is investigating.

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1:20pm Wed 2 Apr 14

voledog says...

So someone managed to hold a low powered laser pen in their hand and point it accurately at an aircraft moving at hundreds of miles an hour more than 3 miles above their head did they?
Before they waste time and money looking for the culprits maybe the police should investigate whether it would be physically possible to actually do what's claimed and if someone did shine a laser into the sky that it would genuinely causes a risk to passing aircraft.
It really is about time this ridiculous modern myth was put to bed.
So someone managed to hold a low powered laser pen in their hand and point it accurately at an aircraft moving at hundreds of miles an hour more than 3 miles above their head did they? Before they waste time and money looking for the culprits maybe the police should investigate whether it would be physically possible to actually do what's claimed and if someone did shine a laser into the sky that it would genuinely causes a risk to passing aircraft. It really is about time this ridiculous modern myth was put to bed. voledog
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1:36pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Ronnie6704 says...

voledog wrote:
So someone managed to hold a low powered laser pen in their hand and point it accurately at an aircraft moving at hundreds of miles an hour more than 3 miles above their head did they?
Before they waste time and money looking for the culprits maybe the police should investigate whether it would be physically possible to actually do what's claimed and if someone did shine a laser into the sky that it would genuinely causes a risk to passing aircraft.
It really is about time this ridiculous modern myth was put to bed.
I suggest you do your research on lasers before making ill informed comments.
[quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: So someone managed to hold a low powered laser pen in their hand and point it accurately at an aircraft moving at hundreds of miles an hour more than 3 miles above their head did they? Before they waste time and money looking for the culprits maybe the police should investigate whether it would be physically possible to actually do what's claimed and if someone did shine a laser into the sky that it would genuinely causes a risk to passing aircraft. It really is about time this ridiculous modern myth was put to bed.[/p][/quote]I suggest you do your research on lasers before making ill informed comments. Ronnie6704
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5:37pm Wed 2 Apr 14

voledog says...

Ronnie6704 wrote:
voledog wrote:
So someone managed to hold a low powered laser pen in their hand and point it accurately at an aircraft moving at hundreds of miles an hour more than 3 miles above their head did they?
Before they waste time and money looking for the culprits maybe the police should investigate whether it would be physically possible to actually do what's claimed and if someone did shine a laser into the sky that it would genuinely causes a risk to passing aircraft.
It really is about time this ridiculous modern myth was put to bed.
I suggest you do your research on lasers before making ill informed comments.
I've used lasers for many years, some of them hand held, and spend a lot of time pointing them at things. If you disagree with me feel free to stand on top of Worcester Cathedral tower with a little pen laser and see how far away you can point it at something. Then try pointing it towards Six-Ways stadium, which is considerably larger than any aircraft and is around 3 miles away. If you have a direct line of sight you will not be able to hit it (even if a hand held pen laser was anywhere near strong enough to go that far).Then imagine Six-Ways is moving at 500 miles per hour. Then tell me I don't know what I'm talking about.
You may possibly be able see the light being emitted from a pointer at that range, but the laser beam itself would be so spread out and weak that it's less dangerous than an ordinary torch. Unfortunately some people have watched far too many James Bond films and think there's lots of villains out there holding the world to ransom with high powered laser beams. It's just fantasy.
[quote][p][bold]Ronnie6704[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: So someone managed to hold a low powered laser pen in their hand and point it accurately at an aircraft moving at hundreds of miles an hour more than 3 miles above their head did they? Before they waste time and money looking for the culprits maybe the police should investigate whether it would be physically possible to actually do what's claimed and if someone did shine a laser into the sky that it would genuinely causes a risk to passing aircraft. It really is about time this ridiculous modern myth was put to bed.[/p][/quote]I suggest you do your research on lasers before making ill informed comments.[/p][/quote]I've used lasers for many years, some of them hand held, and spend a lot of time pointing them at things. If you disagree with me feel free to stand on top of Worcester Cathedral tower with a little pen laser and see how far away you can point it at something. Then try pointing it towards Six-Ways stadium, which is considerably larger than any aircraft and is around 3 miles away. If you have a direct line of sight you will not be able to hit it (even if a hand held pen laser was anywhere near strong enough to go that far).Then imagine Six-Ways is moving at 500 miles per hour. Then tell me I don't know what I'm talking about. You may possibly be able see the light being emitted from a pointer at that range, but the laser beam itself would be so spread out and weak that it's less dangerous than an ordinary torch. Unfortunately some people have watched far too many James Bond films and think there's lots of villains out there holding the world to ransom with high powered laser beams. It's just fantasy. voledog
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7:13pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Jordanl2849 says...

voledog wrote:
Ronnie6704 wrote:
voledog wrote:
So someone managed to hold a low powered laser pen in their hand and point it accurately at an aircraft moving at hundreds of miles an hour more than 3 miles above their head did they?
Before they waste time and money looking for the culprits maybe the police should investigate whether it would be physically possible to actually do what's claimed and if someone did shine a laser into the sky that it would genuinely causes a risk to passing aircraft.
It really is about time this ridiculous modern myth was put to bed.
I suggest you do your research on lasers before making ill informed comments.
I've used lasers for many years, some of them hand held, and spend a lot of time pointing them at things. If you disagree with me feel free to stand on top of Worcester Cathedral tower with a little pen laser and see how far away you can point it at something. Then try pointing it towards Six-Ways stadium, which is considerably larger than any aircraft and is around 3 miles away. If you have a direct line of sight you will not be able to hit it (even if a hand held pen laser was anywhere near strong enough to go that far).Then imagine Six-Ways is moving at 500 miles per hour. Then tell me I don't know what I'm talking about.
You may possibly be able see the light being emitted from a pointer at that range, but the laser beam itself would be so spread out and weak that it's less dangerous than an ordinary torch. Unfortunately some people have watched far too many James Bond films and think there's lots of villains out there holding the world to ransom with high powered laser beams. It's just fantasy.
Just be quiet, you clearly don't know what you're talking about.
http://www.fbi.gov/n
ews/videos/making-a-
point-about-lasers
[quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronnie6704[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: So someone managed to hold a low powered laser pen in their hand and point it accurately at an aircraft moving at hundreds of miles an hour more than 3 miles above their head did they? Before they waste time and money looking for the culprits maybe the police should investigate whether it would be physically possible to actually do what's claimed and if someone did shine a laser into the sky that it would genuinely causes a risk to passing aircraft. It really is about time this ridiculous modern myth was put to bed.[/p][/quote]I suggest you do your research on lasers before making ill informed comments.[/p][/quote]I've used lasers for many years, some of them hand held, and spend a lot of time pointing them at things. If you disagree with me feel free to stand on top of Worcester Cathedral tower with a little pen laser and see how far away you can point it at something. Then try pointing it towards Six-Ways stadium, which is considerably larger than any aircraft and is around 3 miles away. If you have a direct line of sight you will not be able to hit it (even if a hand held pen laser was anywhere near strong enough to go that far).Then imagine Six-Ways is moving at 500 miles per hour. Then tell me I don't know what I'm talking about. You may possibly be able see the light being emitted from a pointer at that range, but the laser beam itself would be so spread out and weak that it's less dangerous than an ordinary torch. Unfortunately some people have watched far too many James Bond films and think there's lots of villains out there holding the world to ransom with high powered laser beams. It's just fantasy.[/p][/quote]Just be quiet, you clearly don't know what you're talking about. http://www.fbi.gov/n ews/videos/making-a- point-about-lasers Jordanl2849
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