POLICE are investigating after a laser pen was directed at the pilots of nine planes flying into Glasgow Airport.

Officers said the attacks could have distracted the pilots or caused "serious injury".

It is believed that all but one of the laser pens were shone from Duntocher, Drum-chapel or Knightswood.

Mindless thugs shone the bright light into the eyes of the aircraft pilots between 6.05pm and 10.10pm on Monday.

All the planes were carrying passengers and were on their final descent into the airport.

Police at Glasgow Airport are carrying out inquiries into the incidents and have launched a public appeal for information.

It is an offence under the Air Navigation Order and can result in a jail sentence.

Inspector Bob Smith, Glasgow Airport, said: "All the incidents happened as the air-craft were on their final descent into the airport.

"The laser was shone into the eyes of the pilots which could not only have distracted them but could have caused serious injury.

"An aircraft on its final descent is the most crucial time for the pilot who obviously needs to be in full control of the aircraft.

"All these planes were carrying passengers.

"Thankfully this time no one came to any harm but doing this is extremely dangerous, not to mention stupid and reckless.

"It is an offence under the Air Navi-gation Order 2009 Article 222 to do this and if caught, you could get a custodial sentence."

Anyone with information should contact Glasgow Airport Police Office on non-emergency number 101.

matty.sutton@ eveningtimes.co.uk