County Durham youth in court over plane laser incident


A teenage boy has appeared at Consett Youth Court accused of shining a laser pen at a passenger jet flying over County Durham and a police helicopter.

The 17-year-old, from Pelton Fell, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced two charges of endangering the safety of an aircraft.

The incident happened on 15 September as the Jet2 plane was approaching Newcastle Airport from Crete.

The youth was granted conditional bail after indicating he would plead guilty.

Flight path

The court was told the Jet2 Boeing 757, with 200 passengers on board, was flying into Newcastle Airport when the incident happened.

He is also alleged to have aimed a laser pen at the Durham Police helicopter which was sent to investigate, the court was told.

The case was adjourned to allow time for more details to be made available of the jet's flight path.

The court was told the youth would be pleading guilty to pointing the laser pen at the police helicopter and to a separate charge of assault.

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