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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : sna.airport|
|Altitude||msl single value : 6000|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : sct.tracon|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B737-700|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Problem Areas||Environmental Factor|
|Primary Problem||Environmental Factor|
Unknown persons on the ground illuminated our flight with a green laser. On approach to sna; our airplane was illuminated by a green laser originating from south palos verdes area. I called laser illumination. The laser activity lasted about 3 seconds. We reported the illumination to socal approach. The flight continued to land uneventfully. I would strongly recommend that aircrews be reminded to report laser activity to ATC the instant it occurs as incapacitation is a serious possibility. First officer noticed the illumination and took reactive action immediately.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: B737-300 WAS APPARENTLY THE TARGET OF A GROUND BASED LASER WHILE CONDUCTING APCH TO SNA.
Narrative: UNKNOWN PERSONS ON THE GND ILLUMINATED OUR FLT WITH A GREEN LASER. ON APCH TO SNA; OUR AIRPLANE WAS ILLUMINATED BY A GREEN LASER ORIGINATING FROM SOUTH PALOS VERDES AREA. I CALLED LASER ILLUMINATION. THE LASER ACTIVITY LASTED ABOUT 3 SECONDS. WE RPTED THE ILLUMINATION TO SOCAL APCH. THE FLT CONTINUED TO LAND UNEVENTFULLY. I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT AIRCREWS BE REMINDED TO RPT LASER ACTIVITY TO ATC THE INSTANT IT OCCURS AS INCAPACITATION IS A SERIOUS POSSIBILITY. FO NOTICED THE ILLUMINATION AND TOOK REACTIVE ACTION IMMEDIATELY.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.