Since early October, four crew groups have reported being blinded by laser beams while taking off and landing at Noi Bai Aiport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCM City.
In the most recent case at Noi Bai Airport, the pilot of CV6289 flight of Cargolux Airlines said the laser beam was aimed at the cockpit at 2,000 metres high while they were flying from Bahrain to Hanoi.
Noi Bai Airport Operation Control Centre has reported to the Northern Airports Authority and Hanoi Police Department to investigate the case.
On October 7, the pilot of Vietjet Air also reported about laser beam being aimed at the cockpit as the plane was taking off from HCM City to Hanoi. On October 9, a Vietnam Airlines plane was landing at Tan Son Nhat Airport when the laser beam at nearby golf course aimed at the cockpit.
Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam said this is a serious issue that threatens aviation safety and the pilots’ health. According to the administration, it’s difficult to deal with such cases and violators because mini laser projection equipment is sold everywhere and those who shined the laser only did for a brief moment.
People who caught shining laser beams at moving planes will be fined from VND30m (USD1,300) to VND40m.
The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam has proposed to tighten the regulations by applying a fine of VND30m to VND100m, three years of non-custodial reform or one to five years of imprisonment to those who shine laser beams at planes and cause injuries or fatalities.