FAA says green laser pointed at four planes over Long Island

29 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

FAA Investigating After 4 Pilots Say Laser Was Pointed At Planes Over Long Island.

Pilots on four commercial airliners reported that their aircraft were targeted by green lasers Thursday night as they flew about 8,000 feet over Long Island, according to the FAA. The Federal Aviation Administration says it happened to four planes Thursday between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. near Bethpage State Park, about four miles northwest of Farmingdale. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. Elehecer Balaguer, 54, was arrested in March after he shined the laser into the cockpit of a 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. No injuries were reported, though it is extremely dangerous to point a laser at an aircraft, particularly green lasers which are more easily seen than red lasers.

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