Pilot blinded by laser when landing passenger jet in Sochi

Unidentified persons tried to blind with pen laser a pilot as he was landing plane with 76 passengers in the Russian southern city of Sochi, spokeswoman for Basel Aero airports operating company said on Sunday.

The incident occurred on late Saturday, she said, adding that the crew managed to land safely and no one was injured in the incident.

Earlier this week, Russian air transport regulator Rosaviatsiya noted an increase in cases of pilots being blinded by laser pens during landing at Russian airports, with 30 such incidents registered this year. Only five cases were registered in 2010.

SOCHI, June 26 (RIA Novosti) 

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