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Incoming Kelowna aircraft hit by laser

FILE PHOTO – An incoming Carson Air Beechcraft reported being struck by a green laser last night, Dec. 8, 2020.
December 09, 2020 - 3:12 PM

Police were called after an incoming aircraft into Kelowna International Airport was struck by a green laser last night.

The incident was reported in the Dec. 8 Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Summery report by Transport Canada.

A Carson Air Beech 1900 D arriving from Vancouver reported the laser strike around 5 miles from its final approach to runway 16 at Kelowna airport.

No damage was reported in the incident, which took place at night.

Transport Canada says with some exceptions, it is otherwise illegal to possess hand held lasers over one milliwatt in power, in public areas within a 10 km radius of any airport or heliport.

It is also a federal offence to point a laser at an aircraft. Even so, Transport Canada reported 250 laser strikes on aircraft in Canada in 2019.

RCMP and Carson Air officials could not be reached for comment on the incident.

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