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Probe after laser dazzles pilot

Green laser
A green laser was beamed at planes landing in Edinburgh

A police investigation has been launched after pilots landing two planes in Edinburgh were dazzled by a green laser.

The captain of a cargo plane from Aberdeen was targeted by the beam while he was manually landing, which caused the plane to drop 400ft on Tuesday.

Half an hour later the laser was aimed at an Easyjet Airbus landing at 2200 BST from Stansted.

It is the sixth incident in recent months. Both planes landed safely.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "Police are investigating an incident that happened at about 2200 BST on Tuesday night, where a laser light was shone at two aircraft as they approached Edinburgh Airport.

"The light, which was thought to have emanated from the Leith area of Edinburgh, dazzled the pilot of one of the aircraft, which was a cargo plane."

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