Central Vietnamese airport warns of laser, bright light threats

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Central Vietnamese airport warns of laser, bright light threats

This illustrative image shows a beam of green laser light directed at a plane in the air.

Some aircraft from Ho Chi Minh City landing at the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam’s Chu Lai Airport have been threatened by laser pointers directly beamed at them, local aviation security authorities have warned.

Vo Van Dong, chairman of Binh Son District, Quang Ngai, said on Tuesday that he had tasked the district’s police with investigating the case following a report made by the Chu Lai Airport Authority.

Several air crews from Ho Chi Minh City have recently notified its air traffic control center of green laser lights pointed to the right side of their planes on the approach route, about 9,260 meters toward their touchdown point, according to the report.

This area is administered by Binh Son District.

The laser lights can distract and temporarily blind pilots during take-offs and landings, which may put everyone on board in danger.

The Chu Lai Airport Authority thus requested the authorities implement professional measures to prevent and handle laser lights beamed at aircraft, starting with checking advertising signs using rotating lights or laser light devices near the airdome.

The provincial People’s Committee has ordered the People’s Committee of Binh Son District to resolve the issue and report the outcome no later than April 15.

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