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Ornge air ambulance hit by laser over Ottawa

Ornge says its crew was en route to an Ottawa hospital when they were hit with a green laser.
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The crew of an air ambulance who was transferring a patient to an Ottawa hospital was hit with a laser during the helicopter's final approach.

Ornge said one of its crews was hit with a green laser around 10:18 p.m. Saturday during a routine patient transfer. 

It did not reveal which hospital it was approaching at the time.

There was no impact on operations and no member of the crew was injured, an Ornge spokesperson confirmed by e-mail. 

Ornge said that air traffic control, Ontario Provincial Police and the Ottawa Police Service were notified.

It is illegal to possess a hand-held laser with more than 1 mW of power outside of a private dwelling, within a 10 km radius of airports and certified heliports.

Being convicted of intentionally shining a laser at an aircraft can result in up to $100,000 in fines, a maximum of five years in prison, or both.

 

NOTE: Ornge initially said that the incident happened Monday evening, but later said that it actually occured on Saturday.




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