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Medical pilot's eye burned by laser shined into helicopter

The pilot was transporting a patient when a green laser light hit him in the right eye; he landed the chopper and an ambulance came for the patient, but he still couldn't see shortly after

By Tasha Tsiaperas
The Dallas Morning News

Dallas, Texas — A man suffered a burn to his eye early Friday morning after someone shined a laser beam into a medical helicopter. 

Michael Pruitt, 30, was transporting a patient around 4:35 a.m. in the 2400 block of Walnut Hill Lane near Interstate 35E in Northwest Dallas when a green laser light hit him in the right eye, according to a police report.

The helicopter was traveling to St. Paul University hospital. The pilot landed at Dallas Love Field, and an ambulance took the patient to the hospital, police said.

Pruitt reported he was still unable to see out of his right eye shortly after the incident, the police report said.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service


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Michael Meikun Bicanovsky Michael Meikun Bicanovsky Friday, January 17, 2014 5:11:34 PM So sad... I hope things work out for the pilot.
Barbara J Power Barbara J Power Friday, January 17, 2014 6:06:27 PM Well, it wasn't the pilot, it was the paramedic. News companies need to get there stories straight instead of rushing to be first. He is still having trouble with his eye and says it hurts.

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