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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 191891
Last updated: 24 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8AS (WL)
Registration: EI-FIH
MSN: 44697/5374
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:near Porto Airport (LPPR) -   Portugal
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Lille-Lesquin Airport (LIL/LFQQ)
Destination airport:Porto-Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO/LPPR)
Investigating agency: AAIU
The aircraft was on a scheduled passenger flight from Lille Airport, France (LFQQ), to Porto Airport, Portugal (LPPR). After an uneventful flight, the aircraft commenced a non-precision approach to runway (RWY) 35 at LPPR. When the aircraft was established on the final approach, the Co-Pilot, who was Pilot Flying (PF), was distracted by a green laser light being shone towards the aircraft and raised his hand to protect his eyes. The Commander, who was Pilot Monitoring (PM), looked up and was struck in both eyes by the laser light. The
Commander’s vision became temporarily impaired. Due to the laser illumination, Flight Crew coordination was compromised, which led to the final descent being delayed and the approach becoming unstable. The Commander elected to carry out a missed approach. The aircraft subsequently landed on RWY 17 without further incident. There were no injuries.
The Portuguese investigation board GPIAA reported that the number of reported laser attacks on aircraft in Portugal was as follows:
- 2014, Total Events = 294 of which 107 occurred at LPPR
- 2015, Total Events = 264 of which 105 occurred at LPPR
In Portugal it was not an offence to shine a laser light or similar at an aircraft.

Probable Cause
Laser illumination of the aircraft cockpit area that caused temporary flashblindness to a flight crew member during a critical phase of flight.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIU
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation IRLD2013016 issued 5 December 2016 by AAIU to ANAC Portugal


Photo of EI-FIH courtesy

Frankfurt am Main (EDDF / FRA / FRF)
11 June 2019; (c) Aad van der Voet

Revision history:

06-Dec-2016 19:16 harro Added
07-Dec-2016 09:56 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]

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