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Laser Beam Injures Air Crew Flying over Toronto

February 15, 2020 Laser Strike from ornge on Vimeo.

TORONTO — On February 15, at approximately 8:50 p.m., an Ornge aircraft was struck by a green laser in the area of Richmond and Sherbourne Street in the downtown Toronto area.

The aircraft was on route back to base at Billy Bishop Airport after completing a call to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The aircraft returned to base without further incident.

A report was filed with Toronto Police for investigation as well as a Directed Bright Light Illumination Report with Transport Canada. 

As a result of the strike, an Ornge pilot and paramedic sustained an eye injury and required evaluation from a physician at a local Toronto hospital. 

A video of the strike was captured by the flight crew and provided to Toronto Police. 

Anyone convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft could face up to $100,000 in fines and five years in prison.

In 2019, Ornge had three reported laser strikes on its aircraft. In 2020, there have been five reported laser strikes.