Protesters yesterday with a laser over a helicopter, a pilot with injured eyes

The pilot needed medical attention due to eye injuries, and he was also referred for a special examination.

At yesterday’s rally, the police detected eight other crimes, in addition to many other violations, mostly crimes of damaging foreign objects, attacks on officials and prevention of official acts. Among these, the case in which strangers aimed a laser beam at a police helicopter in the Republic Square stands out. As a result, one of the pilots suffered eye injuries and sought medical attention, and the extent of his injuries is not yet known. Police warn that using a laser against a helicopter can be extremely dangerous. If the entire crew suffered injuries, this could lead to tragic consequences.

The police pointed out that the lighting of planes and helicopters has been a constant problem for many years. Often otherwise “turns out that the laser operators are minors whose parents bought the laser as a toy, and that adult users are probably not aware that a laser aimed at an aircraft can cause the entire crew to be instantly blinded by the reflection of beams on the cockpit. “ As they explained, the beam is scattered throughout the cabin, which can be an extreme case leadalso to the uncontrolled operation of a helicopter or aircraft and the consequent crash of an aircraft.


Low overflight of a police helicopter at a protest on September 29th.

Alleged intentional act

As for yesterday’s event, according to the spokesperson of the Ljubljana Police Department Alexander Golec there is a suspicion that the illumination of the police helicopter was an intentional act and that it was not an accidental use of the laser. This can have lasting consequences for the pilot. The injured pilot was referred for a specialist vision examination. If his vision turns out to be impaired, the loss of the medical certificate required to fly may follow. “Our pilots with police helicopters perform both police duties as well as tasks of rescuing people in the mountains, on the roads and transporting the injured to hospitals, so it is important that as many pilots as possible are operational as this can save someone’s life,” she further explained.

Police detained 27 people during the rally, all of whom are already at large. At yesterday’s protest rally, she detected 164 violations of the Public Gatherings Act and 166 violations of the Public Order and Peace Act. Another violation of the Identity Card Act was detected, one person was seized illicit drugs, and one person was seized tear gas.

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