Austrian blinds landing pilot at Swiss airport

An Austrian man may face charges after he blinded a pilot with a laser pen during landing procedures at a Swiss airport.Swiss officials said today (Weds) no decision has yet been made over whether the 27-year-old will get away with a fine or face criminal charges after the incident at Geneva International Airport, which is the country’s second-biggest airport.The offender was reportedly dead drunk when he pointed the laser pen at the cockpit of the landing airplane. It has not been revealed whether he was on his own of if he tried to impress pals.Austrian Airlines (AUA) pilots school boss Dieter Watzak-Helmer: “What this man did is no trivial offence. For the pilot it’s like being blind for a few seconds while going 250 kilometres per hour on a motorway.”