Passenger jet nearly collides with drone in mid-air; lasers target planes

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5 pilots report lasers beamed at airliners.

FARMINGDALE, New York, United States — Local and federal law enforcement officials launched an investigation Friday after five commercial airline pilots reported that green lasers were pointed at their planes as they flew over New York and New Jersey. The Federal Aviation Administration said four pilots reported a green laser illuminating their aircraft in flight at about 8,000 feet over Long Island between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

But it is lighting up the inside of the windshield here from the left side,” said the pilot, adding that he thought it was a “rogue” laser at first – but then realized the plane was targeted. The flights included American Airlines 185, Shuttle America 4213, Delta Airlines 2292 and 2634 flying above Long Island, and Sun Country Airlines 249 flying above New Jersey. The Nassau County, New York, Police Department and the New Jersey State Police said they are working with the FAA on the investigation but no details were immediately available. Representatives for Delta and American Airlines said their flights landed safely and the pilots continued on their trips after reporting the laser episodes to air traffic controllers.

Andy Danziger, a retired airline captain, told The Post that he also was targeted by a laser a few years ago as he was approaching Kuwait in a Boeing 767. “Thankfully, it didn’t hit our eyes. And when the light hits the cockpit, this glass here, it refracts everywhere,” said Captain Jeff Long, Sky Eye Chopper 13. “Because I’d been hit with a laser before, I immediately knew to turn away as soon as I caught it, and I didn’t get it straight on,” said Captain Jeff. It’s a huge problem now.” “Their use is on the rise and we must do something soon – not after a plane crashes,” he said in a statement. “The FAA should use its authority to do what I asked months ago: ban green, long-range, high-powered laser pointers once and for all.

The Democrat from New York said Nassau County police, the FBI and the area’s Joint Terrorism Task Force launched a joint investigation, but there appears to be no indication the episode was terrorism-related. They’re quickly becoming the weapon of choice for those who want to harass our pilots and should be abolished.” 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. Michael Canders, an instructor at Farmingdale State College’s aviation center, said it’s unusual to have so many laser strikes in one night affecting one airport. “Five is of concern,” he said. “Someone waiting in the landing pattern to just lase these aircraft really makes me wonder why. But it’s very important that they be found out and that they be held accountable because it is very dangerous.” “It’s definitely of concern when you’re flying out because your vision could be temporarily blinded by it,” Stephen Weisbrot, an instructor with Venture Aviation in Farmingdale, told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell. “It’s of course a concern when you’re flying at night when your eyes are more sensitive to light, but I assume as a knee-jerk reaction you would just be looking away.” Canders said he had the experience of being lasered with night vision goggles in the Air Force and told McLogan it basically blooms the cockpit a very bright light.”It will cause at a minimum temporary blindness and the laser can damage the eye.” “Inititally it is startling.

Schumer, who was briefed on Thursday’s laser incident by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, said incidents of planes being hit by lasers have been rising, with nearly 3,900 reported across the country last year. Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban “high-powered, long-range green lasers,” which he says are brighter than other lasers and easily penetrate glass. For now, Canders said, pilots have been advised to report incidents immediately to the FAA and give their location so investigators can attempt to locate the person pointing the laser. He said that while most incidents have involved commercial airlines — usually with more than one person in the cockpit — the situation could be more dangerous in single-pilot planes.

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UPDATE 1-Western Refining to buy rest of Northern Tier

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Upgrades Northern Tier Energy LP (NTI) to “Neutral”.

Under the deal, Northern Tier unit holders would receive $15 a unit in cash and 0.2986 Western Refining share for each common unit held, or roughly $26.21 a unit based on Monday’s close. EL PASO, Texas and TEMPE, Ariz., Dec. 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Western Refining, Inc. (NYSE:WNR) and Northern Tier Energy LP (NYSE:NTI) today jointly announced that they have entered into a merger agreement whereby Western will acquire all of NTI’s outstanding common units not already owned by Western. Northern Tier Chief Executive Dave Lamp in prepared remarks Monday said that the MLP model “has not been rewarded by the equity market, as evidenced by the historical disconnect between NTI’s high yield and low unit price.” “With a simplified corporate structure and diverse geographic base, the new Western will be well positioned to unlock additional value for shareholders,” Mr. As an alternative to the cash and stock consideration, each NTI unitholder may elect to receive, per NTI unit, either $26.06 in cash or 0.7036 of a share of WNR.

Assuming completion of the proposed transaction, NTI will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of WNR and NTI common units will cease to be publicly traded. Jeff Stevens, President and CEO of WNR said, “The merger of Western and NTI will result in the combined entity owning three of the most profitable independent refineries on a gross margin per barrel basis, with direct pipeline access to advantaged crude oil combined with an integrated retail and wholesale distribution network. The terms of the merger agreement were approved by the WNR Board of Directors and the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of NTI’s general partner, which negotiated the terms on behalf of NTI. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock.

The call and slide presentation can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of Western’s website, www.wnr.com, and on the Investor Relations section of Northern Tier’s website at www.northerntier.com. The Company has refining, retail and logistics operations that serve the Petroleum Administration for Defense District II (PADD II) region of the United States. Goldman Sachs & Co. acted as financial advisor to Western, and Vinson & Elkins, Davis Polk & Wardwell and Richards Layton & Finger acted as legal counsel to Western. This press release includes “forward-looking statements” by Western (which are protected as forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) and by NTI.

The Company’s retail segment operated 165 convenience stores under the SuperAmerica brand and also supported 89 franchised convenience stores, which are also operated under the SuperAmerica brand. These statements are subject to the risk that the merger is not consummated at all, including due to the inability of Western or NTI to obtain all approvals necessary or the failure of other closing conditions, as well as to the general risks inherent in Western’s and NTI’s businesses and the merged company’s ability to compete in a highly competitive industry.

If you are reading this article on another website, that means this article was illegally copied and re-published to this website in violation of U.S. and International copyright law. In addition, Western’s and Northern Tier’s business and operations involve numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Western’s and NTI’s control, which could materially affect their respective financial condition, results of operations and cash flows and those of the merged company.

The forward-looking statements are only as of the date made, and neither Western nor NTI undertake any obligation to (and each expressly disclaims any obligation to) update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date such statements were made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction where such an offer or solicitation is unlawful. Any such offer will be made only by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, pursuant to a registration statement filed with the SEC. The retail segment includes retail service stations, convenience stores, and unmanned fleet fueling locations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. Beyersdorfer (602) 286-1530 Michelle Clemente (602) 286-1533 Northern Tier Investor and Analyst Contact: Paul Anderson (651) 458-6494 Alpha IR Group (651) 769-6700 nti@alpha-ir.com Media Contact: Gary Hanson (602) 286-1777

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