A LIAT’s ATR 72-600 aircraft about to touch down at E.T. Joshua Airport on June 26, 2013.

A LIAT aircraft aborted a landing at the E.T. Joshua Airport at the last moment around 9:20 p.m. Friday because a laser beam was pointed into the cockpit.

“The aircraft was very close to touchdown when it had to “pull up”’ and abort landing,” Director of Airports, Corsel Robertson said in a statement on Saturday.

Robertson said that the fact that the pilot had to abort the landing gives an indication of the seriousness of this act.

“The pilot needed to take drastic action to prevent what could have been a major accident,” she said.

A decision was made to divert the flight in the interest of safety, and the flight returned to Barbados without landing at the E.T. Joshua Airport.

“This is a very dangerous practice. A laser beam can blind or impair the vision of the flight crew to the extent that it can cause an accident or crash. To deliberately point this light at an aircraft is to threaten the safety of the passengers, crew, aircraft, property and lives on the ground, and civil aviation in general. This can lead to the loss of lives and should not be taken lightly,” Robertson said.

E.T. Joshua Airport. (Internet photo)
E.T. Joshua Airport. (Internet photo)

She said the act is a considered a very serious offence and would be dealt with under the full severity of the law.

“Persons who have engaged in this dangerous practice are strongly urged to cease and desist from repeating such an offence.”

She said the pilot has reported that the beam seems to have originated in the Dorsetshire/Queens Drive area.

“The cooperation of the general public is solicited in the protection of its fellow members who travel by air. Please refrain from engaging in any such act and discourage anyone whom you know maybe considering such an activity. You should also report anyone who carries out such activities,” Robertson said.

“Once again, I am appealing to the public not to engage in pointing laser lights at any aircraft and if you see or know anyone who is considering or doing so, please report it to the Police or the Airports Department at 458-4011,” Robertson said.

4 replies on “Pilot aborts landing to avoid possible ‘major accident’ at ET Joshua Airport”

  1. SMDH!!! Only Vincentians can pull of a stupid, cowardly, and dangerous act like this with no regards to the consequences of what could have happen to not only the lives of people on the plane, but less those on the ground. Don’t they know theirGivernment is not prepared for such an event at their small Airport? Your fire Service dept is behind God back and not to mention the J.O.D( joke of the day) what is called a hospital( which will not be able to find an aspirin, much less mass victim of such a tragedy) Good God Vibcentians aren’t you guys tired of being the first in doing so many negatives in society or is this the norm for a docile, dotish set of people in the Caribbean.

    1. I can’t deny what you are saying, but I still doubt there will ever be change, unless it is the loose change that remains to us after the government’s taxes.

  2. C. ben-David says:

    Unfortunately, this laser crap is happening all over the world. Drones are also being used to “play games” with planes.

  3. Brown Boy USA says:

    This type of behavior must stop! To the person doing this, what if is your family member on board that plane and you cause it to crash and loose lives, can you live with yourself? Maybe you could because so many people seem not to have a heart in our society, a now worldwide disorder. Please stop it! Whenever I come home I want to land safe in my beloved SVG.

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