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Suspect Detained in Laser Attacks

Published: June 29, 2011 (Issue # 1663)


MOSCOW Asuspect has been detained onsuspicion ofblinding pilots ofpassenger airplanes with laser beams near theRostov-on-Don airport, police spokesman Alexei Polyansky said Monday.

Polyansky did not identify thesuspect, but Interfax said he was 22 andhad denied blinding anyone. He was released shortly after his detention Sunday, andthe case remains under investigation, Interfax said.

Thepolice received atip fromresidents who saw theman shining alaser beam toward theRostov-on-Don airport, thereport said.

Five laser attacks, one ofwhich targeted apolice helicopter, have been registered inRostov-on-Don this month, with thelast two occurring Thursday night, Polyansky said bytelephone.

Polyansky said punishment inthese types ofcases depended onthe motive. He could not say exactly what kind ofpunishment would await anyone who blinded pilots onpurpose, adding that acourt would have todecide that.

Since January, thenumber ofregistered incidents across Russia has reached 45, compared with thefive reports in2010, Federal Air Transportation Agency spokesman Sergei Izvolsky said bytelephone.

Most ofthe incidents occurred inRostov-on-Don andMoscows Sheremetyevo andVnukovo airports.

Though none ofthe reported incidents ended badly, laser beam attacks are agrowing concern forthe Federal Air Transportation Agency.





 


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