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He must be kidding

A Calgary man has pleaded guilty to a charge under the federal Aeronautics Act of endangering a flight by shining a laser into the cockpit of an Air Canada Dash 8 plane last October.


May 2, 2008
By Drew McCarthy

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A Calgary man has pleaded guilty to a charge under the federal Aeronautics
Act of endangering a flight by shining a laser into the cockpit of
an Air Canada Dash 8 plane last October.

He then did the same thing to the pilot of the Calgary police
helicopter  that had  arrived to investigate the commercial flight's
complaint.

The man’s lawyer has argued that probation, or even a conditional
discharge, would be appropriate  since  his client's actions caused no
harm.

He must be kidding. Walk into a crowded room with a gun, fire it
randomly around the place, hit no one, and get a conditional discharge?
Let’s hope not.

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The Crown is asking for house arrest. I think they must be in a good mood.


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