HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — The safety of ABC13’s SkyEye helicopter crew was jeopardized Thursday morning when someone pointed a laser at them.
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“Hey, so someone lasered us,” SkyEye reporter Tammy Rose said while reporting Thursday.
SkyEye’s video shows the bright green light aimed up into the sky.
Tammy had just finished reporting at around 6:07 am when she spotted the laser.
She said the laser was aimed at the helicopter for about 10 minutes while SkyEye hovered over traffic on Houston’s southeast side, not far from the Gulf Freeway and Cullen.
‘Leeland and Sidney. It’s illegal to laser a helicopter. We’re calling the police,” Tammy reported back to the guard.
GPS technology used daily on SkyEye helped Tammy determine the address where the laser was spotted.
Lasers like the one used can bring down helicopters and planes because they can disorient and temporarily blind the pilot.
The Federal Aviation Administration has a message to share when it comes to laser safety.
“Our basic message is to just lose the laser,” said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. “There’s nothing funny, nothing humorous about shining a laser on an airplane. It’s very, very dangerous.”
The FAA reported more than 9,000 laser attacks on aircraft last year, a 41% increase from the previous year.
“I reported it to the pilot to report to the tower, and then I give information to the[assignment]desk because it’s illegal,” Tammy said.
It’s illegal and you can get caught.
Last year, a man was arrested and charged with aiming a laser at planes near Hobby Airport. An HPD helicopter followed him from above.
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