Laser light is pointed at a jet plane coming in to land at RAF Lakenheath

An F-15 taking off from RAF Lakenheath

An F-15 taking off from RAF Lakenheath - Credit: Archant

A laser light was pointed at an F-15E Strike Eagle jet as it was coming into land at Lakenheath air base.

The light wasn’t pointed directly into the pilot’s eyes, a spokesman said, but it did appear to be coming from the ground.

The aircrew saw what they recognised as a laser reflecting off the aircraft and The Ministry of Defence was notified immediately.

A patrol was dispatched to the known incident location.

“Aiming a laser at an aircraft is a serious risk to flight safety. Many high-powered lasers can completely incapacitate pilots while flying.

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“The irresponsible or malicious use of lasers can threaten the lives of aircrew, passengers, and even individuals on the ground should it result in an aircraft crash. It is also a criminal offence,” the spokesman said.

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