Rescue Helicopters Targeted By Lasers Four Times In One Week
Police are investigating after LifeFlight helicopters in Toowoomba were targeted by multiple laser strikes over the last few days.
Since Wednesday, Queensland pilots responding to four different incidents were targeted by laser beams shone at the choppers from the ground
LifeFlight has slammed the incidents as "irresponsible" and "dangerous" and said it has a dramatic effect on pilots in the air, who are often flying at speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour.
Lifeflight's Robert Moore said the helicopters targeted over the last couple of nights were transporting patients with life-threatening injuries.
"I'm not sure what goes through the mind of the person shooting the laser," Moore told reporters on Tuesday, following another two laser attacks on Monday night.
"We do our best to do our job properly in serving the community and we'd like to remind people that it may one day be them or a family member that we are trying to save."
Moore said laser beams can cause flash blindness, which means pilots still see a shining image in their eyeball even after the laser stops, making them unable to see their instrument or other aircraft.
"It has quite a dramatic effect in the cockpit, it's like looking into the sun."
Queensland Police confirmed they had received multiple reports of these incidents since Wednesday, but told 10 daily it was too early in the investigation to speculate whether the four incidents were connected to one individual.
"We are just trying our best to do our jobs," Moore said.
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