The Air Traffic Control (ATC) at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, reported a surge in pilot complaints regarding increased laser light incidents impacting aeroplanes during their landing or takeoff.
Commercially available laser lights can hinder a pilot’s vision, leading to distractions or disorientation. This is particularly dangerous during vital stages like takeoff and landing, posing significant threats to passengers and crew. Pilots have traced these laser strikes to areas such as Model Colony, Korangi, Shah Faisal Colony, Pehlwan Goth, and other regions adjacent to the Karachi airport.
There has been a notable increase in such incidents in the past week. Both national and international airlines have promptly relayed this concern to the air traffic controllers.
Reported Incidents by Pilots
Aircraft have predominantly been targeted while preparing to land at Karachi airport or shortly after departure. These episodes create challenges for pilots during crucial flight manoeuvres.
To underscore the potential peril, it’s essential to understand that lasers aimed at aircraft can not only disrupt and distract but also disorient pilots, jeopardizing the safety of everyone onboard.