VA346 reports medical issue with Pilot after laser strike (14 Feb 2016)

Virgin Atlantic Airbus flight VS-25 from London Heathrow to New York JFK with 252 passengers and 15 crew was enroute about 170nm north northwest of Shannon (Ireland) when the crew declared PAN PAN PAN reporting a medical issue with one of the pilots following a laser strike just after the takeoff from Heathrow.

The attached audio file contains a number of communications between the aircraft and Shannon controllers.

Have a listen to these communications and note how the emergency was conducted. Laser strikes are becoming rather prevalent for some unknown reason and it is only a matter of time that a more serious incident will occur. Have you ever encountered a laser strike in your professional duties? If so, what follow-up action did you take? Discuss.

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