UPDATE, 1:55pm A pilot of the RAC rescue helicopter has described how a flare was fired towards the aircraft as he attempted to land it at Jandakot airport last night with an injured passenger on board.
Captain Michael Perren said the helicopter had been descending at the airport about 8pm last night after transporting an injured woman from near Mount Barker when he saw the flare.
A bright green light had shot into the sky above the helicopter and then fallen down below it and out of sight. It was the first time in his 22 years as a helicopter pilot that a flare or similar item had been fired at his aircraft.
"It's a very rare occurrence this type of thing," he said. "We have problems with people shining lasers at the helicopter, which is also very dangerous. But this is completely different."
A police spokeswoman said they were investigating the incident. The flare was believed to have come within 30 to 60m of the helicopter while it was at an altitude of about 270m to 330m.
It was believed the flare had been fired from a spot about 800m outside of the airport. Police had conducted patrols in the aftermath of the incident but were unable to find the source of the flare.Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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