MotherF$!@ing Lasers and Sh#t!

by alphamonkey on September 29, 2004 · 4 comments

in News,Sci-Tech

So a Delta pilot suffered temporary retina burn from a laser while his plane was five miles from the airport.  New form of terrorism? Obnoxious mall-rats with deadly aim? What up with this?image

Has Chris Knight finally succeeded? The world trembles!

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  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/shadwstalkr Shadow Stalker

    Are there windows in the bottom of the cockpit?  I don’t see how a laser could illuminate the inside of the cockpit of a plane in flight.

  • LordStrange

    When a plane is descending, it’s pointed at the ground. I don’t know what angle, but from 30K’ to 0 in 10 mins means pointing down. The cool flare thing thing just before touchdown with the flaps full extended and nose in the air is just part of landing, not descent.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/shadwstalkr Shadow Stalker

    I didn’t think a commercial airliner would tilt enough for the pilots’ heads to be exposed to a significant portion of the ground outside the airport through a direct line of sight.

    I think a more likely explanation would be a guidance system on the plane that uses a laser, which accidentally reflects off something near the runway.  That would give the correct angles, and the power would have to be enough to get the beam to the ground and back for the system to work, and the slight spread of the laser beam over the distances involved would make hitting a pilot’s eye not impossible.  From the article, this is what happened to the military pilot, but I don’t know if commercial airliners use systems like that for landing guidance.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Hello? UFO!

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