CPD looking for suspect who reportedly flashed laser at LifeNet helicopter
COLUMBUS, Neb. -- Authorities in Columbus are looking for a suspect who reportedly flashed a green laser at a LifeNet helicopter Thursday night.
The Columbus Police Department said the green laser was flashed at the helicopter as it was approaching Columbus Municipal Airport.
CPD said they were dispatched for a report from the LifeNet air crew that the helicopter was intentionally flashed with a green laser as it was approaching the airport.
Authorities said that the laser flashing happened in the area of 10th Ave. and 23rd St.
CPD said the perpetrator of this type of activity would be subject to both state and federal law offenses.
"It is a serious matter; it's dangerous," said Ross Niedbalski, Columbus Municipal Airport manager. "It can cause injury to people's eyes. If you're caught, you're going to be prosecuted to the fullest offense."
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, laser strikes on aircrafts remain a serious threat to aviation safety.
Officials said that intentionally aiming lasers at an aircraft poses a safety threat to pilots and violates federal law. Many high-powered lasers can incapacitate pilots flying aircrafts that may be carrying hundreds of passengers.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact CPD at 402-564-3201.