APD helicopter hit with laser overnight

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Correction issued below

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police are searching for the person who shined a laser at its helicopter. The aircraft had to make an emergency landing at the Sunport after the incident early Thursday morning.

“When there’s a laser attack on any sort of aircraft, it’s extremely dangerous for the pilots; anyone in the aircraft, the aircraft itself, it can cause them to crash,” said Rebecca Atkins with APD.

They say the laser was pointed from an area near Copper and Virginia. The pilot tried to move away from it but it happened three or four more times. Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime because it blinds a pilot and can cause a crash. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP.

Correction: The video of this story was taken down because it stated that the pilot was the one that became disoriented, which was not true. According to APD, the TFO (tactical flight officer) was the one that became disoriented.

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