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Cal-Ore Life Flight - Non-injury incident

Date: 1-09-2010 7:50 pm PST

Program: Cal-Ore Life Flight
	Box 1986
	Brookings, OR 97415

Type: Piper Cheyenne
Tail #: N431GW
Operator/Vendor: Cal-Ore

Weather: Clear. Not a factor

Team: Pilot, Flight Nurse, Flight RT. No injuries reported. No patient. 

	Upon descent into Crescent City, Cal. (CEC) at night after returning
	from an air ambulance mission, a bright green flash was observed
	inside the cabin by the pilot and medical crew. The flash startled the
	crew until it was quickly determined that a laser was being pointed at
	the aircraft from someone on the ground.  The flash happended on two
	occassions as the aircraft entered the pattern for landing.  The light
	was last observed to be searching for the aircraft as a final descent
	for landing was made at which time the aircraft was too low for the
	laser to find it.
	The crew debriefed the flight and incident and were able to pinpoint
	an approximate location in the rural area from where the laser was
	A complete report was completed, along with a map depicting where the
	crew felt the light came from.  This report was submitted to the
	Sheriff's department and they have taken it very seriously and are
	investigating the incident. 
	This incident has been referred to our Q/M committee for review and

Source: Dan Brattain, Program Director

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