Coast Guard seeks tips, information on recent laser attacks on helicopters

Coast Guard seeks tips, information on recent laser attacks on helicopters
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay prepares for a night flight. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class Kevin J. Neff) MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard is asking the public for tips or information regarding recent laser attacks aimed against rescue helicopter crews. The latest attack occurred Tuesday evening near the Arcata-Eureka airport as...

Coast Guard investigates laser strikes to Coast Guard aircraft in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard investigates laser strikes to Coast Guard aircraft in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard is investigating three laser strike incidents during a five-day period that were aimed at Coast Guard aircraft in Aguadilla Bay, Puerto Rico, and warns the public that pointing handheld lasers at any aircraft and Coast Guard crews is dangerous and illegal. The latest laser incident occurred April 25, while the crew of a Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65D...

Laser Strike Disrupts Coast Guard Air Station Humoldt Bay Helicopter Flight

Laser Strike Disrupts Coast Guard Air Station Humoldt Bay Helicopter Flight
MCKINLEYVILLE, CA – A Coast Guard Air Station Humoldt Bay helicopter flying over Arcata was targeted by an individual with a laser Friday evening. The MH-65D Dolphin crew was returning from an operation in southern California when the incident occurred. The laser shined directly in the eyes of both pilots and appeared to come from Janes Road at Upper Bay Road in Arcata. Lieutenant Josh Smith...

Coast Guard helicopter crew struck by laser

Coast Guard helicopter crew struck by laser
HONOLULU ­– A Coast Guard helicopter crew was targeted by an individual with a laser pointer while flying in the vicinity of Waimanalo Bay on Oahu, Saturday. The lased MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was conducting a search in response to an uncorrelated distress call when the incident occurred. Four crewmembers observed the laser sweeping the aircraft and one of the pilots was directly struck. This...

Coast Guard airplane forced to land in Honolulu after being targeted by laser

Coast Guard airplane forced to land in Honolulu after being targeted by laser
HONOLULU ­– A Coast Guard aircraft crew was targeted by an individual with a laser pointer while flying into Kahului Airport on Maui, Monday night. The lased HC-130H Hercules aircraft crew was conducting training at the time of the incident. The lasing forced the crew to return to Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, on Oahu. The crew’s copilot was the only one affected, compromising his ability...

Coast Guard helicopter lased, forced to land near Honolulu

Coast Guard helicopter lased, forced to land near Honolulu
HONOLULU ­– A Coast Guard helicopter crew was targeted by an individual with a laser pointer while flying nearly two miles offshore of Oahu, late Tuesday. The lased MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was forced to return to Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii. The crew’s flight mechanic and rescue swimmer were affected, compromising their abilities to perform duties. “Whether this was a malicious...

Coast Guard helicopter forced to make emergency landing after being shined with laser

Coast Guard helicopter forced to make emergency landing after being shined with laser
BOSTON — A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew conducted an emergency landing at Air Station Cape Cod Sept. 21, 2012 due to a hand-held laser being shined directly at the helicopter. The pilot was conducting flight operations on an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter and witnessed a green laser being shined into the cabin. The laser appeared to be coming from a residential neighborhood and was shined through...