Kolkata Airport Authorities Seek Police Help After IndiGo Pilot Blinded by Laser Beam

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Kolkata Airport Authorities Seek Police Help After IndiGo Pilot Blinded by Laser Beam

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A pilot from a private airline raised concerns after being temporarily blinded by a laser beam near Kolkata Airport. Following this incident, the airport authority has requested the police to ensure that operators obtain special permission before using laser lights in the area.

The pilot of IndiGo flight 6E 223 encountered a powerful laser beam as the aircraft was about to land. This incident occurred near the runway in Kaikhali at 7:30 pm on Friday. The flight, carrying 165 passengers and six crew members, had its pilot’s complaint forwarded to the Airport police station.

Laser lights and drones have become a major worry for authorities due to the presence of numerous wedding halls and ceremonial zones near Kolkata airport. To ensure safe take-off and landing of aircraft, the use of laser lights is prohibited within 18.5 km of the airport, while drones are banned within 12 km.

A senior airport official highlighted the challenge of responding promptly to informal complaints from pilots, which leads to delays in stopping the use of laser lights. Therefore, the police have been instructed to require permission from the airport authority for using laser lights or drones.

Incidents of laser beams temporarily blinding pilots are increasing, particularly during festive and wedding seasons. This poses a serious safety risk to passengers. In response, authorities are urging for stronger actions and public awareness to prevent such incidents.

Previously, the Bidhannagar police imposed restrictions on drones and laser lights, particularly during New Year parties. The recent incident prompted discussions at a meeting of the Airport Environment Management Committee, where police officials and state government representatives addressed the issue on a priority basis.

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