TEMPCO Homeland Security bulletin: Laser Beam Violation

Pago Pago, AMAERICAN SAMOA — This is a special bulletin from the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security – TEMCO issued at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2018

There have been reports of another laser beam incident blinding the Hawaiian Airline (HA) pilot’s cockpit as of last night’s flight Thursday, April 12, 2018. The pilots of flight HA 465 flying in from Honolulu, Hawaii arriving in Pago Pago International Airport, American Samoa encountered not one but two laser beams pointed at their line of sight while approaching the landing air strip.

This incident is a very serious crime and violation of federal law. We would like to inform the public that, it is Illegal to aim laser pointer beams at an aircraft or their flight path. Penalty for violating the federal law is up to 5 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

The American Samoa Department of Homeland Security humbly asks the public for their assistance regarding this incident. The local authorities will continue to investigate the incident and will issue further notice if necessary. Please report any information you may have relating to this incident to the EOC at 699-3800/6990411 or the Police at 633-1111.

O se fa’aaliga taua ma fa’apitoa lenei mai le Matagaluega o le Puipuiga o le Saogalemu Faa-Lotoifale – le Homeland Security ma le Ofisa o le TEMCO, auina atu i le itula e 4:00 i le aoauli, Aso Faraile, aso 13 Aperila 2018.

Ua iai ni ripoti ua fa’ailoa mai I le matou ofisa e fa’atatau I ni sulu malolosi e lua ua fa’atauasoina ai mata ma fofoga o le pailate o le Hawaiian Air I le taimi na aga’i mai iai le va’alele iinei I Pago Pago, Amerika Samoa. O nei uiga fa’aletonuga e matuia lona fa’asalaga Fa’afeterale. E mafai ona fale puipui le tagata soli tulafono pe a ma le 5 tausaga fa’atasi ai ma le sala tupe e $250,000.

O le a toe auina atu nisi fautuaga mai le ofisa o le ASDHS-TEMCO pe a fai ae iai nisi fa’aaliga I le lumana’i. Ua talosaga atu ma le fa’aaloalo I le mamalu o le atunu’u, afai e maua ni tala e fa’atatau I lenei mataupu, faamolemole vala’au mai le 699-3800 le EOC po’o 633-1111 le DPS e lipoti ai ni fa’alavelave tutupu talu ai nei aafiaga e ono afaina ai le soifua o e o lo’o faimalaga mai I le va’alele.

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