International flight targeted with laser beam at Islamabad Airport

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International flight targeted with laser beam at Islamabad Airport

ISLAMABAD - An international flight at Islamabad airport coming from Doha was targeted with laser light before landing here on Thursday.

According to sources, the pilot of the flight was distracted by a ‘flashing laser light’. The plane was just seven nautical miles away from landing at the airport, when it was targeted with a yellow laser light.

The captain of the flight immediately informed the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) about the incident. Meanwhile, a complaint has been registered at PS Rawat.

It was learnt that the light was flashed from phase no 8 of a private housing society.

On July 13, the airport manager of Bacha Khan International Airport had complained about the various incidents regarding the projection of laser lights towards incoming and departing aircraft.

The manager had said in its letter that at least seven incidents were reported from January to June this year which frightened the cockpit crew, especially of the foreign carrier.