Pilots report being dazzled by laser beams at Costa del Sol airport
Police have been called in after the pilots of at least three holiday jets coming in to land on the Costa del Sol were dazzled by laser beams.
According to the Spanish airports authority AENA, the incidents happened as the planes came into land at the busy Malaga airport.
The pilots told the control tower that they were nearly blinded by the bright light of a laser as they approached the runway.
Controllers reported their complaints to airport officials and the Civil Guard was immediately called in to launch an investigation.
The pilots said the lasers were a real danger to safety and the incidents could have resulted in a fatal accident.
Air traffic controllers confirmed on their Twitter site that the lasers affected three successive flights coming in between 11pm and midnight.
“Pilots complain of a laser pointer that last night dazzled them when landing in Malaga,” they reported.
The light appeared to come from the area around the Meliá Hotel in Torremolinos when the planes were coming in to land at low altitude over the sea.
“Please, tower, someone is pointing a laser at me,” one of the pilots announced.
All three said it appeared that the laser was being aimed deliberately at the cockpit.
Using a laser beam to distract a driver or a pilot is considered a very serious offence which could lead to a hefty fine or even prison.
Air traffic controllers say it is becoming a common occurrence especially during the summer party season.