laser hit plane with 118 passengers
Jarryd Hector, 22, was found guilty in a trial on September on charges of endangering transportation.
Today, in the district court of manucau, Judge Gus Andry Wiltens sentenced Hector to four months of community detention and 150 hours of community work.
According to the factual summary, the incident occurred on July 6, 2012, when a Boeing 737-
500 aircraft from Christchurch landed at Auckland Airport with 113 passengers and 5 staff on board.
As the plane approached the Musick Point area, a green laser shone into the cockpit area.
The aircraft deck was illuminated by a green light, distracting the crew for about 30 seconds.
\"Due to the brightness of the light and the danger of looking at the laser, the pilot and the first officer are restricted to seeing the direction in which the laser comes from,\" concluded . \".
Later, it was determined that someone was shining at a party held by haoyk.
When the police first spoke to Hector, he admitted to using the laser and pointed it to his friends and motor vehicles, but denied pointing it to the plane.
Conditions of community detention in Hector include curfew.
If conditions are violated, 18-
Justice Wiltens said he would be sentenced to one month in prison, adding that \"there is no more party \".
Prosecutor Fiona kuliani told the court that a laser strike could make the pilot blind because it would endanger the lives of all when the plane landed.
Justice Andry Wiltens said there was no doubt that alcohol had something to do with Hector\'s admission to smoking marijuana that night --
Hector puts the lives of 118 people at risk, and if the plane crashes in residential areas, there is likely to be more loss of life.