AN ANGLER who deliberately shone a laser pen at the cockpit of a Ryanair flight with 155 passengers on board has been jailed for a year.

 

Carper Steve Johnson, 34, from Smethwick, Staffordshire, had the pen for scaring waterfowl from his baits but in a moment of madness shone the laser pen at the plane.

The first officer piloting the flight from Dublin in Southern Ireland was dazzled and the captain distracted during the most critical part of the approach to Birmingham Airport.

Captain Fabian Renzow described seeing the intense green beam seeking out his aircraft and ‘hunting us down’.

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