New laser attacks reported at Moscow airports

Airliner crews have been complaining lately about renewed attempts to use laser pointers to blind them.

Airliners were targeted twice with laser pointers as they were flying past Moscow on Thursday evening, a source in the Moscow air hub's air traffic control services told Interfax.

"The crew commander of an A-321 airliner on a flight from Sheremetyevo to Samara complained that a red laser beam was targeted at him at an angle of 90 degrees as the plane was taking off at 11:20 p.m. Moscow time," the source said. Another laser blinding incident was reported when a Boeing 737 from Vilnius was flying over the intersection between the Moscow Circle Motorway (MKAD) and Varshavskoye Shosse highway. The crew commander said a green laser beam was targeted against him. Another laser attack was reported by the crew of a Boeing 737 from Baku while landing in Tyumen at 11:40 p.m. Moscow time on Wednesday. In all instances the planes landed safely.

No official commentaries on these reports are available to Interfax so far.

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