Massena man charged with spotlighting Cape Air plane on final approach

Feb 13, 2014 Full story: Watertown Daily Times 6

Police say a Massena man disturbed the vision of a Cape Air pilot trying to land Wednesday night by shining an 18 million-candlepower flashlight into the cockpit.

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Newark, NY

#1 Feb 14, 2014
Jail really no one got hurt and I don't think the guy was trying to be malicious in any way.
Get a life

Massena, NY

#2 Feb 14, 2014
Ya I agree he may not have been trying to be malicious but come on, when you live right by an airport and you see lights in the sky it's probably an airplane. He should feel like a fool it was a very bad idea. It would have been very tragic if some had gotten hurt. I hope it counts for time served and he doesn't get any more time in jail though. Lesson learned for him since I am pretty sure it's a possible felony charge.

Virginia Beach, VA

#3 Feb 14, 2014
People have no idea how dangerous this is. As a person with lots of flight time, I can tell you how important is is to not lose your night vision while flying. Just a momentary flash of white light can reduce you night vision for up to 30 minutes. There is a reason we use red lighting in cockpits. This could have been tragic.
Massena Pilot

New Kensington, PA

#4 Feb 14, 2014
Wait till the FAA gets a hold of him. Could have a hefty fine to deal with too. As Snakehead wrote this is very very serious. 4 people and 2 pilots could have crashed. It only takes a second to get disoriented. He was on visual approach at probably around 100MPH and not IFR, so he was looking out the window not at his instrumentation. Not good.

Pulaski, NY

#5 Feb 14, 2014
He thought it was an UFO.. just saying. He thought they were coming to get him.. hahahah what an idiot.

Newark, NY

#6 Feb 14, 2014
Sending this dude to jail isn't going to stop the next guy from being foolish all I'm saying. Watch next he will be called a domestic terrorist by HLS...seems a little nutsi

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