FAA Investigating After Pilots Say Laser Was Pointed At Planes Over Long Island …

29 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

4 planes near NYC hit by laser pointer during 30-minute span.

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after five pilots reported that a green laser was pointed at their planes while flying over Long Island and New Jersey near John F. Authorities have begun an investigation following a series of troubling incidents that threatened multiple flights taking off out of New York’s John F. No injuries were reported, the FAA said, but federal officials consider illuminating an aircraft to be a serious crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a hefty $250,000 fine. American 185, Shuttle America 4213, Delta 2292 and Delta 2631 were about four miles northwest of Farmingdale when the crews reported that their planes were illuminated. Elehecer Balaguer, 54, was arrested in March after he shined the laser into the cockpit of an NYPD helicopter that was responding to the airline pilots’ complaints — but police choppers quickly spotted the apartment that was the source of the dangerous beam, the feds said. “Lasers, when pointed at aircraft, have the ability to incapacitate and injure pilots.

Thankfully, this case did not end in tragedy, but Elehecer Balaguer’s actions were serious and posed a danger,” US Attorney Preet Bharara said earlier. The pilots reported seeing the lasers come from Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York, but a police response failed to yield any evidence or suspects. As it hits that Plexiglas, the light disperses even more throughout the cockpit,” he said. “It’s equivalent to a flash of a camera if you were in a pitch black car at night. One of the biggest crazes in the travel industry today is dark tourism, and for those who love the idea of hunting for ghosts on your vacation, there are a plethora of reportedly haunted locations across the United States you must visit.

It’s a temporary blinding to the pilot and also to the tactical flight officer, whoever we are with.” The FAA says that the New York State Police have been alerted about Thursday’s incidents and that an investigation is currently underway. From a haunted prison like Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia to an abandoned mental institution like the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia, there are many places paranormal investigators can try to come in contact with spirits. While a terrifying haunted house exhibit takes over a portion of the building during Halloween, the stories of legitimate hauntings have been around for years.

During the building’s 142 years of service as an active prison, 1,200 inmates died overall, with more than 50 inmates killing themselves and over a dozen murdered by other inmates. For those looking for proof, major ghost-hunting shows like Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” and SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters” have investigated the building and found some exciting evidence indicating the buildings are haunted. The building tucked into the woods of Pennsylvania doesn’t look much different than any other abandoned buildings across America, but the acts of abuse and mistreatment that eventually had the building shut down stained the area. Both of the most recognizable ghost hunting teams in the country found impressive evidence before determining several of the buildings in the complex were haunted. Originally built as a place to house all of the victims suffering from a serious outbreak of tuberculosis, estimates as to how many died at Waverly Hills Sanatorium vary, but a safe estimate from researchers hovers around 8,000.

The vast number of deaths in such a short time is said to have left a negative imprint on the property, and ghost investigation teams who have gone through the building all agree that the facility provides evidence of paranormal activity. Add in the fact that investigators can pay $100 per person to investigate the buildings unsupervised, and the amateur ghost hunters should be making their way to Louisville, Kentucky, for an authentic experience. With thousands of patients possibly being mistreated at the facility over the years and hundreds of recorded deaths, the conditions are ideal for activity. Instead of hiding the truth about the building, the owner of the land has opened the structures to anyone willing to pay for the opportunity to roam the halls. As a key location in the Revolutionary War, a prison in the civil war and a defense location in World War II, the building has a long history since being built in 1771.

For just $45 per person, visitors can go through the grounds with an experienced ghost hunting team and investigate the fort under the cover of darkness. While you’re in the Philadelphia area investigating Eastern State and Pennhurst, why not stop at Fort Mifflin for a spine-tingling ghost hunting trifecta?

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