Coast Guard crew targeted with laser pointers

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A Coast Guard helicopter crew was targeted three times during a span of four days by an individual or individuals with a laser pointer near New Orleans.

The case is under investigation.

Even the small laser pointers that are sold to the general public, when pointed at an aircraft, can have serious and disastrous effects on a pilot’s vision. There is a significant risk to flight safety, especially for helicopters working low altitudes and aircraft taking off or landing.

Federal charges can be brought against the convicted person and can carry a sentence up to 5 years in prison in addition to fines up to $250,000.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should contact the Coast Guard Investigative Service at (504) 589-4929.

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