The man found guilty of shining a laser into two aircraft and an air control tower has failed to appear in court for sentencing.

​A warrant is out for the arrest of Tane Hemopo after his absence in the Christchurch District Court today.

The 39-year-old man admitted shining a laser into the cockpit of a passenger plane - endangering the lives of 121 passengers and crew.

Hemopo originally faced up to 14 years' imprisonment, until last month when he pleaded guilty under the Civil Aviation Act, which carries up to a year's imprisonment and up to $10,000 fine.


Hemopo maintains he did not know it was an offence.