Laser pen attack at planes landing at Gatwick threaten passengers safety

Photo courtesy of Sgt Darren Taylor

Pilots of several aircraft making their final approaches to Gatwick Airport on Monday night (18 December) reported a green laser light being shone at them as they flew over the Ashdown Forest before landing.

They included inbound flights from Barcelona and Turin.

In total, five incidents were reported, mostly occurring between 7pm and 8pm, although there was also one around midnight.

Sergeant Darren Taylor said:

“We believe the person or persons responsible were located in the Hartfield area and we are keen to hear from anyone who can help us narrow down the location or who may have information. No one was injured and all the aircraft affected landed safely, but it is a potentially dangerous thing to do.” 

Anyone able to help is asked to contact police online at https://sussex.police.uk/appealresponse or to phone 101, quoting serial 1225 of 18/12.

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