I’m just here to share my experience with you all and hopefully you can learn something…
Today at around 1841Z, I encountered my first laser attack, we where at around 7600ft on Standard Pressure above Ulverston (South of the Lake District in the U.K), after descending through a thin layer of cloud, a green beam shot across the nose of the aircraft, then straight into the cockpit, illuminating everything, and severely bright, of course our initial reaction was to put something in front of our faces, so we did (bare in mind the Airplane is flying on A/P at this time), a few seconds later, we made the split decision to turn away from the Laser, then reported it to ATC, with time and approximate location of the Laser Attack, the attack lasted in excess of 10-15 seconds, luckily, nobody was injured in the attack, but did mess our plans up a little, as we initially planned to fly further East. 21 minutes later, whilst on an RNAV approach, and at 3300 feet on local QNH, we unfortunately where attacked again from the Leyland area (South of Preston in the U.K), this time the attack substantially shorter, lasting only 3-7 seconds, however this time the laser was coming from the RH side of the Aircraft (my side), and consequently, I looked somewhat at the laser, which initially didn’t cause any issues, but after landing, I had noticed my right eye seemed a bit fuzzy, whether this is just me seeing things, or a genuine injury, I’m not sure, however this fuzziness has since gone.
Thankfully, after reporting both attacks to ATC, they had later told us that they have found the location of the Ulverston attack, a different station (Warton Radar) had somehow found the area of where the attack was from.
So what did I learn? This event really enforces how important it is to Aviate, Navigate then Communicate. Aviate, this was quite simple, the Aircraft was already on A/P (LNAV). Navigate, turn away from the laser if possible. And then Communicate, we cant let these attacks go unreported.
Has anyone else ever been involved in a Laser Attack?