Andersen Air Force Base Aircraft Safety

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Since Feb. 9, there have been four lasing incidents effecting military aircraft landing on Andersen AFB. The first three lasers originated from the Yigo/Dededo areas and the fourth was potentially from the Tumon area. For each incident a green laser has been shining into the cockpits for a few second. So far there have been zero injuries to the aircrews.

Laser strikes on aircraft remain a serious threat to aviation safety. Intentionally aiming lasers at aircrafts poses a safety threat to pilots and violates federal law. Many high-powered lasers can incapacitate pilots flying aircraft that may be carrying hundreds of passengers. Laser pointers, even those sold for less than $20 online, can distract pilots or cause flash blindness — of particular danger during takeoff and landing, putting everyone in the aircraft and area general area in danger.

The FAA works closely with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to pursue civil and criminal penalties against people who purposely aim a laser at an aircraft. The agency takes enforcement action against people who violate Federal Aviation Regulations by shining lasers at aircraft and can impose civil penalties of up to $11,000 per violation. The FAA has imposed civil penalties up to $30,800 against people for multiple laser incidents.

If you have any information related to these incidents or future incidents, please contact the Air Force Office of Special Investigation located at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam at 671-366-3000.