VICTORIA (NEWS1130) - Saanich Police are looking for the person or people responsible for shining a bright green laser into the cockpit of a WestJet flight landing at Victoria International. It happened Tuesday night and if anyone's ever caught, the punishment can be extreme.
The flight was coming in from Calgary and those trips into Victoria regularly carry more than 100 passengers.
Sergeant Dean Jantzen says a conviction for putting that many people in danger can bring a $100,000 fine.
"I looked it up today in the criminal code and mischief, with the potential to cause injury, is an indictable offence that can result in life in prison."
He says the suspect shone the laser from Mount Douglas, known locally as 'Mount Doug.' It's one of the Capital Region's highest points with a popular lookout on the peak.
"That little bit of elevation when you get up to the top of the hill, it actually does not put you that far away from the approach of some of these large aircraft coming into Victoria."
In fact, the hill is near two major runway approaches. One for larger, longer-range aircraft and another for commuter flights arriving from Seattle and Vancouver.
It's not clear how many people were on-board the flight in question.
The pilot reported the bright green light to the control tower and staff then called police. A search of Mount Douglas Park turned up nothing.
A similar but unconnected case in Washington State last year landed a man 60 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.