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Ornge pilot, paramedic suffer eye injuries after laser pointed at helicopter mid-flight in Toronto

A green laser was directed toward a Ornge air ambulance, injuring the pilot and paramedic on board.
A green laser was directed toward a Ornge air ambulance, injuring the pilot and paramedic on board. Ornge

Toronto police are investigating after a pilot and paramedic aboard an Ornge air ambulance were injured by a green laser being pointed toward the aircraft in the city’s downtown core in early February.

In a release on its website, Ornge said on Feb. 15 at around 8:50 p.m., one of its helicopters was struck by a green laser from the area of Richmond and Sherbourne streets while on its way back to Billy Bishop Airport.

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The helicopter was on its way back from a call at Toronto’s Sick Kids hospital.

While the helicopter was able to land safely, the pilot and paramedic on-board were taken to hospital with eye injuries.

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Ornge said it contacted both police and Transport Canada.

In a statement Friday, police said they are aware of the incident and that anyone with information is asked to call police at 52 Division.

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They also wanted to remind the public “that impairing a pilot of an aircraft in flight is a danger to everyone’s safety.”

Ornge said in 2019, three cases of laser strikes were reported. So far in 2020, five cases have already been reported.

Under the Aeronautics Act, a person can face up to $100,000 in fines and/or five years in prison if convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft.