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Teens arrested for laser pointer attack on plane in Hamburg

The Local · 16 Jun 2010, 10:39

Published: 16 Jun 2010 10:39 GMT+02:00

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Just after 10 pm on Tuesday, the pilots of the passenger plane reported the dangerous incident, which endangered hundreds of people on board, daily Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

The pilots told police they believed the laser had come from the central Horn neighbourhood, sparking massive search with several officers and a helicopter. Meanwhile airport traffic control rerouted incoming planes to fly around the Horn area.

“The police helicopter filmed a light beam,” police chief Holger Vehren told the paper, adding that this helped localise its origin.

As the chopper approached the building, a children’s home, the two teenage boys, identified as Philip P. (19) and Kevin H. (17), tried blinding the police pilot too. Though they tried to hide, police found them with an infrared camera.

“Both were arrested as they tried to leave the house,” Vehren said.

The older boy Philip P. is well-known to police for theft, assault, vandalism and other charges.

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Both were released after their arrest and face charges for dangerous interference with air traffic, the paper said.

Last year the DFS air traffic authority reported a surge in dangerous laser pointer attacks during night landings. Pilots say that the sudden flash of light when their pupils are dilated is blinding and often forces then to abort landing operations.

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Your comments about this article

12:36 June 16, 2010 by DinhoPilot
"Dumb kids know no limit..."

Talking about population getting more stupid...

I wonder whos fault is this time?
13:49 June 16, 2010 by dcgi
It's pretty insane the kind of lazer "toys" you can buy on the Internet today, they should be regulated somehow, even a diffuse reflected light off one of those more powerful lazers can potentially blind you/someone else.

They presumably bought a green lazer pen off the net and got bored trying to burst balloons with it so went outside to shine it at aircraft, stupid, ignorant pricks.

A good couple of high-profile court cases with them getting say 10 years for trying to down a passenger aircraft ought to put a stop to this kind of stupidity.
14:00 June 16, 2010 by The-ex-pat
Who's fault is it, well as it happened in Germany you can bet the "children" are not at fault!
14:03 June 16, 2010 by E-Roc
How is a 19 year old repeat offender and a 17 year old "CHILDREN"??? And WHY where they released?
14:53 June 16, 2010 by piper1
Australia made it illegal about 6 months ago... carries a multi thousand dollar fine
17:04 June 16, 2010 by nocomments
I simply agree with E-Roc, how can a 19 year and a 17 year old be called "teens"?

The best justice for these Psycho guys would be to flow the lasers on their own eyes for hours and this way only they can really understand how it feels.
17:38 June 16, 2010 by The-ex-pat
17:04 June 16, 2010 by nocomments

I simply agree with E-Roc, how can a 19 year and a 17 year old be called "teens"?

The clue is in the question............NineTEEN and sevenTEEN, therefore teenagers. Like it or not you are one until you are twenty löl

However what is interesting is how the press twist that age. e.g A teenager, 19 was injured, where as a 19 year old man attacked........
16:03 June 17, 2010 by dbert4
Yes, put them in jail! No execute them....or maybe simply stop selling fricken lasers?

Esxample, EVERY African street vendor in Italy and Spain who sells cheap watches and lighters sells Chinese made lasers for 3-5€. Don't know about Germany but I would bet that the local koisk is also selling those useless things.

And before the Americans all start their BS about civil liberties, somethings are like guns and should be controlled. It doesn't matter if someone else makes money selling them.
01:42 June 19, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I believe that the use of these devices is intended to be lethal and should be punished as a lethal attack upon an aircraft, notwithstanding the age of the offender. This should be construed as attempted mass murder, and punished accordingly. Civil liberties are not at issue here.
03:26 August 18, 2010 by Patrickly
laser pointer can be used in astronomy, military and scientific research if you use it correctly. Teens arrested for laser pointer attack on plane in Hamburg, i think it maybe the adult's fault, you'd better to teach how to use the laser pointer with safety, or not to blame their.
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