Police probe after planes involved in laser incidents

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A POLICE hunt is under way after a laser pen was shone at two aircraft preparing to land at Aberdeen International Airport.

The incidents happened around 9.15pm on Tuesday and involved BMI and KLM planes as they were on approach.

The laser beams, directed at the cockpits, were reported to have originated in the Danestone area of the city, which is a few miles from the airport.

Pilots of both planes immediately reported the incidents to air traffic control in Aberdeen.

The aircraft involved were an Embraer 145 operated by BMI, from Manchester, and a Boeing 737 KLM flight from Amsterdam. Both landed safely.

Grampian Police have launched an investigation into both incidents.

A force spokesman said: “We are making inquiries into two incidents which took place between 9pm and 9.30pm on Tuesday, February 5 when it was reported to us by air traffic control in Aberdeen that pilots had reported laser lighting being used as they made their approach to land.”

It is understood there were 90 passengers on board the Boeing, and 13 on the other aircraft.

A BMI spokesman said the actions of the person, or persons, responsible for the laser incidents could have put lives at risk.