On March 15th a Virgin Atlantic flight had to turn back to London after 25 minutes of departure, as a laser was shown on the cockpit.
The aircraft was heading to Tel Aviv and was flying over Paris when the incident happened and forced to return immediately.
“On 15 March 2021 flight VS453, operating from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, returned to Heathrow after take-off due to a laser beam incident upon departure,” a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson told in an interview with The Independent.
“The safety and security of our people and our customers is paramount and this was a precautionary step taken by the operating crew.
“We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
They added: “As is standard procedure for a laser incident, we swiftly notified the police and remain in close contact with them and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).”