Federal Aviation Administration Investigating Incident of Laser Beams Illuminating 5 Planes Close to JFK Airport
On Friday, Federal Aviation Administration and local law enforcement agencies launched an investigation following incidents of green lasers pointing aircrafts as they flew over New York and New Jersey close to the JFK Airport.
Five pilots reported that they were being targeted by laser beams that illuminated the cockpits of their aircrafts. The flights were flying at an altitude of approximately 8,000 feet. The carriers that reported the incident belonged to American Airlines, Shuttle America and Delta.
No injuries were reported in any of the incidents. 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.
Reportedly, Sen. Charles Schumer said that the investigators think that there is one person behind the incidents and that person might have done it from a park. Schumer said that, pointing lasers at airplanes is a federal offense and the wrong doers at times place themselves in the parks to avoid recognition.
The FBI, Nassau County police along with the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the area have launched a combined investigation. However any indication of the incident has not so far being tied to any issues related to terrorism.
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