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

PUBLISHED: 13:01 04 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:01 04 March 2016

An F-15 taking off from RAF Lakenheath

An F-15 taking off from RAF Lakenheath


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.

“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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