Saturday, January 7, 2017

Laser pointer strikes military plane flying across New Jersey

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST - The flight crew of a military transport plane had more to contend with the light from a laser pointer Friday night, causing a serious safety risk, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

No one was injured, but officials said that the light caused a considerable risk to the pilots and crew.

"High-powered lasers can temporarily blind pilots flying aircraft carrying hundreds of people," the FAA said in a statement.

In addition to being hazardous, shining a laser at a plane is a violation of federal law, authorities said. In 2016, that law was violated 135 times in laser incidents reported across the state.

The Seaside Heights Police Department and the FAA are investigating the incident. 

Story and comments: http://www.nj.com

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