Skip to comments.Man Says He Shined Laser at OIA Planes for 'Stress Release'
Posted on 03/31/2012 10:46:15 AM PDT by nickcarraway
AirTran Flight 15 departed Orlando International Airport Jan. 8 and was heading south about 400 feet off the ground when Capt. Jerry Egel was hit in the face by a bright green laser.
The laser tracked him for 30 to 60 seconds until he reached an altitude of about 2,000 feet, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.
Egel turned all the plane's lights off and made a sharp left turn, requesting permission to change course to avoid the laser.
It was an incident that placed his life, and the lives of his passengers, at risk and launched an investigation that resulted in 49-year-old Glenn Stephen Hansen of St. Cloud being accused of aiming lasers at passenger aircraft departing from OIA at least 23 times from that day until Friday.
After that first incident, the investigation focused on the area directly south of the airport, according to the affidavit prepared by Federal Air Marshal Cheyenne C. Sykes.
The investigation led to Hansen, who had made more than 500 complaints about noise from OIA and at one noise abatement meeting said he had used a golf range finder to determine the height of planes.
On Friday, AirTran Flight 15 was again hit by a laser. This time it was Capt. Douglas John Wysocki piloting the plane en route to San Juan when the laser entered the cockpit at about 3,500 feet.
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I think some relatives of the passengers on that plane would like to train their pistols and rifles at this moron and let him know that if he decides to play those kind of games to relieve stress, well they too have a method of relieving stress, from sociopaths who are attempting to kill their loved ones.
They should let the entire flight crew work off some stress on this bastard.
Moved into a house next to OIA and complains about the noise. Nice.
OIA has been there in one form or another for over 60 years. I think it's safe to say this guy wasn't there before the airport.
When I used to go in there it was MCO.
I think they have two airports now.
I got access to a peta Watt one that would take of his stress problem forever
They had two airports then too.
Not that I’m advocating this BUT it sure sould be hilarious to see what the reaction of the secret service would do if a laser was seen on obammy’s chest...
Orlando International is MCO.
Nope, it is one in the same. MCO is the three letter abbreviation (TLA) for the airport which traces back to the airport's roots as McCoy Air Force Base. There is still a ground display B-52 to the NW of the airport. Locally, the newsies refer to Orlando International Airport as OIA, another TLA used to save precious broadcast time.
The name of the airport is Orlando International Airport, the designation on your tickets and baggage tags is MCO. Heaven help your luggage if it is tagged for OIA (OIA = Ourilandia airport, Brazil)
Other airports in the greater Orlando Metro area are Orlando Executive Airport and Sanford Airport (leave your hoodie in your luggage).
Did you know McCoy is where the Bell X1 underwent initial testing?
No, there was NO renaming. MCO is the international code for Orlando International Airport. It is one in the same. OIA is simply the abbreviated name and NOT the code for the airport in Orlando, Orange County, Florida.
MCO used to be called the Orlando-McCoy Jetport.