Dangerous case of mischief

Last evening, someone shone a laser at a passing aircraft from Mount Douglas Park.

At about 8:45pm, Tuesday evening, the Sidney RCMP contacted the Saanich Police regarding a complaint from the Victoria International Airport. Apparently persons unknown were pointing a laser at an inbound Westjet aircraft preparing to land. The pilots saw that the distracting laser was coming from the area of Mount Douglas Park.

Several Saanich Police patrol units were dispatched into the area of Mount Douglas Park to conduct a search. Unfortunately, no suspects were located. To ensure that this activity did not continue, two officer remained in the area covertly for about an hour to see if the laser suspect would reappear.

Although some people may think this is a prank, the penalties for such actions can be severe. Mischief that causes potential danger to life is an indictable offence which can carry a punishment of up to life in prison. Aeronautics act violations may also apply, which can include up to $100,000.00 fine and or five years in prison.

Below is a web article from Transport Canada about distracting or the ‘flashblinding’ of pilots:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/aerodromeairnav-standards-ais-directed-bright-light-menu-1068.htm

The Saanich Police are seeking any information about this disturbing incident. If you know something please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321.

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