Police in Fife hunt laser culprit after Dundee-bound plane targeted

Police have been able to determine that the laser came from methil. Pic Kenny Smith
Police have been able to determine that the laser came from methil. Pic Kenny Smith

Police in Levenmouth are appealing for witnesses after a laser device was shone at a plane.

The incident happened around 8pm on Sunday (February 28) when a light aircraft carrying three passengers was making its descent into Dundee.

The pilot was targeted by a laser device, which was shone into the cockpit.

Although distracted, the pilot was able to land the plane at Dundee without incident.

It has been established that the person responsible for shining the laser device and targeting the plane was in the Methil area of Fife when the incident occurred.

Inspector Tom Brown of Levenmouth said: “It beggars belief that someone would be so stupid as to endanger a plane and its passengers in this manner.

“There has been a lot of media coverage this week with regard to this type of this behaviour and the danger it poses to the pilot and passengers.

“Our inquiries are ongoing but, through coordinates provided by the aircraft controller, we have been able to locate the area where the device was shone from.”

Anybody with information that can help trace who was responsible is asked to please contact police on 101 or anonymously via Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111. Calls will be treated in the strictest confidence.