Laser intentionally pointed at passenger plane in Terrace, B.C.

Terrace RCMP are warning the public not to point a laser at a plane and to report any such incidents

  • Jan. 4, 2016 7:00 a.m.

Terrace RCMP are asking the public to contact the detachment after a laser was deliberately directed at an incoming flight to Terrace on January 3rd at 8:30 p.m.

“Lasers have the potential to be a deadly flight hazard. Thankfully all passengers and crew were safe,” says Const. Angela Rabut, community policing/media relations Terrace RCMP.

Lasers produce an intense directional beam of light that has serious visual effects such as distraction, glare, and temporary flash blindness.

This is very serious for a pilot, especially during critical flight phases such as landings, takeoffs, and emergency maneuvers.

Laser beams should never be pointed towards an aircraft. It is not even a good idea to point them at a star, since a slow moving far away airplane could look like a star.

To minimize risk to pilots, crew, and passengers, it is essential that everyone report laser incidents as soon as possible.

If you have information about this crime contact the Terrace RCMP at 250-638-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS, online at or by texting TERRACE plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

If your information leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.