US says Chinese ship fired laser at American aircraft

U.S. says Chinese naval ship fired a laser at American surveillance aircraft that could have BLINDED pilot

The Navy confirmed the incident more than a week after it happened about 380 miles west of GuamIt said the People’s Republic of China naval destroyer lased the American P-8A Poseidon aircraftThe statement from U.S. Pacific Fleet said the laser was detected by sensors on the aircraft, but was not visible to the naked eye Military-grade laser beams can omit a powerful beam of light that has the ability to temporarily blind pilots 

A Chinese Navy ship fired a laser at a U.S. surveillance aircraft flying over the Philippine Sea west of Guam, in an act that has been labelled ‘unsafe and unprofessional’.

The Navy confirmed the incident more than a week after it happened about 380 miles west of Guam. It’s not clear exactly which day the incident took place.

It said the People’s Republic of China naval destroyer lased the American P-8A Poseidon aircraft in an act the U.S. deemed unsafe and a violation of international codes and agreements. 

A sailor assigned to the Grey Knights of Patrol Squadron (VP) 46 signals the pilot in the flight station of a P-8A Poseidon during a pre-flight check on October 23, 2019 in Washington. A Chinese navy ship fired a laser at a U.S. surveillance aircraft flying over the Philippine Sea west of Guam



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