Laser beam forces New York-bound flight to return to London
LONDON — A Virgin Atlantic flight bound for New York from London turned around after a laser beam incident, police confirmed Monday morning.
The incident, which happened Sunday night, is currently being investigated as authorities work to determine where the incident took place, the Metropolitan Police said in statement sent to Mashable.
The plane's first officer reportedly felt unwell, prompting flight VS25, which took off from London Heathrow at 8:05 p.m., to return to the airport following the 8:13 p.m. incident.
There were 252 and 15 crew on board the Airbus A340.
"The safety of our crew and customers is our top priority and we apologise for any inconvenience to those onboard," the airline said about the incident.
"All customers will be offered overnight accommodation and we will get them on their journey as soon as possible."
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The British Airline Pilots' Association says more action is needed to tackle the the problem: "lasers are offensive weapons and the law should treat them as such," they tweeted Monday.
In November, it was reported that a British Airways pilot was left with significant damage to his eyesight after a laser was shone into the plane he was landing at Heathrow.
The British Airline Pilots' Association said at the time that the pilot suffered a burned retina in his right eye while sitting in the co-pilot's seat.
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