04/14/2011

Jail for man who aimed laser at Philly police chopper

Impaired pilot's vision, forcing him to abort the landing

By Michael Hinkelman
Philadelphia Daily News

PHILADELPHIA - Lt. Anthony Ginaldi and Officer Christopher Clemens were on patrol in a police helicopter and approaching a landing near Northeast Philadelphia Airport on April 30, 2008, when a green laser beam was aimed at the aircraft.

The beam impaired the vision of Ginaldi, who was piloting the helicopter, forcing him to abort the landing and relinquish control to Clemens.

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