Austrian held by Swiss for pointing laser at planes

24th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

An Austrian man has been arrested for repeatedly pointing a laser light at airplanes landing at Geneva airport, Swiss police said Monday.

"The pilots of four aircrafts have complained about being targetted, after witnessing a flash of green colour lighting up the cockpit," said a local police statement.

The man has admitted being behind the incidents on Sunday and said he was drunk at the time, it said.

"The crew said that this kind of behaviour can seriously compromise the safety of people on board the plane," the statement added.

He is now detained pending a ruling.

© 2010 AFP

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