By Stew Kernan

Espanola Provincial Police are investigating after reports of a laser being pointed at a U.S. Military Aircraft in flight at 36,000 feet.

The call came in Tuesday night just after 11 o’clock with GPS coordinates showing that the aircraft was in the area of Sables-Spanish River Township at the time.

Police remind the public that pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal offence and can put the pilot, crew, passengers and people on the ground at serious risk.

It can distract the pilot by creating a glare that affects the vision and cause temporary blindness or worse cause a major aircraft crash.

Under the Aeronautics Act, if you are charged and convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft, you could face up to 100-thousand dollars in fines, 5 years in prison or both.

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