Laser pointer forces Coast Guard aircraft to abort landing

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A Coast Guard HC-130H Hercules aborted a landing at the Kahului Airport on the Hawaiian island of Maui and was forced to return to Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu after an individual on the Valley Isle with a laser pointer targeted the aircraft, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

The crew was conducting training missions at the time the laser targeted the aircraft Monday night.

The laser affected the vision of the co-pilot, compromising his ability to fly the aircraft, Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Casey Corpe said.

“Not only does it risk the health of the aircrew, it can seriously delay response times during rescue missions, risking the lives of the people that need help the most,” Corpe told the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

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