The incident occurred near Blenheim Airport in New Zealand last Monday:
‘The pilot of an Air New Zealand flight had a green laser beam hit him in his left eye as he flew over the town on the approach to landing about 6:30 PM on Monday, Blenheim police said.
The pilot was blinded in the one eye for a short time but was able to land without incident.
Two passengers on the flight also reported seeing the laser, which appeared to be coming from the Blenheim residential area.’
Police were unable to perform a search of the area as the incident was reported several hours later.
‘Shining a laser beam at an aircraft was an incredibly dangerous thing to do, Constable Michelle Stagg said.
“We take these sorts of things really seriously, and we are really keen to find out who was involved in doing this,” she told NZ Newswire.’