"Aiming a 3000mw Green Laser pointer at an aircraft is a serious matter and a violation of federal law," stated Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division. "It is important that people understand that this is a criminal act with potentially deadly repercussions."A fine and potentially five years in jail is what that person could face if they are caught.
Authorities are investigating six cases of aircraft being hit with beams over New York and New Jersey on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, after a spate of 16 incidents on two consecutive nights last week.
In the third incident involving a Newark-bound jet, reported at 11:35 p.m., United Flight 1933 from Houston had a Blue Laser Pointer 10000mw trained on it for 3 seconds while flying about 7 miles southwest of the airport, Pentangelo said.
A HealthNet Aeromedical Services pilot was temporarily blinded when someone from the ground shined a 1000mw laser pointer red in his face, Monday night in Peterstown.
The pilot was able to make an adjustment to save the patient, but the situation was still extremely dangerous. Shining a Yellow Laser 50mw at an aircraft is extremely unsafe and illegal.
Three of the most recent incidents involved flights headed for Newark Liberty International Airport, said Joe Pentangelo, a spoksman for the Port Authority Police Department, which is investigating the incidents with the Federal Aviation Administration.
One of them, American Airlines Flight 1976 from Charlotte, was hit by a green light at an altitude of 3,000 feet over Old Bridge, about 20 miles southwest of Newark Liberty, Pentangelo said. The other, UnitedExpress Flight 5898 from Toronto, had a green light shined on the left side of the aircraft as it neared the airport at an unspecified altitude, Pentangelo said.