A report of a spotlight being shone into the cockpit of a
helicopter has police concerned.
Queenstown police received a report that a spotlight was
shone at a Queenstown-based helicopter flying a night medevac
mission about 11pm on Tuesday.
The incident occurred between Alexandra and Bannockburn.
This action endangered the safety of the aircraft by limiting
the ability of the pilot to navigate using night vision
goggles, a police spokeswoman said.
Police reminded everyone that shining lights, in particular
lasers, at aircraft could seriously endanger the safety of
the aircraft and all on board and those doing so committed a
''serious offence'', she said.
In Otago, helicopters operating during the hours of darkness
were on medevac or search and rescue missions and endangering
the aircraft and occupants also jeopardised those who were
the subject of the mission.