Saturday, October 14, 2017

Laser pointed at multiple planes around Boston, Federal Aviation Administration says

BOSTON —  Pilots from two separate flights passing through Boston airspace Friday night reported having the cockpit illuminated by a laser pointer, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Friday night.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, US Airways flight 3787, operated by Air Wisconsin, was illuminated by a laser 30 miles north of Logan Airport around 7:43 p.m. Friday. The plane was headed to Dulles Airport in Washington from Portland, Maine.

The Federal Aviation Administration said US Airways flight 4188, also operated by Air Wisconsin, reported seeing a laser around the same time. That aircraft was headed to Portland from Philadelphia.

The Federal Aviation Administration said local police were notified and the Federal Aviation Administration was investigating the two incidents.

The laser pointer incidents happened one week after three similar incidents involving planes landing at Logan Airport using a runway that had them fly just north of Boston were reported.

On October 6th, the crew of United Airlines flight 6276 operated by GoJet Airlines from Raleigh-Durham reported a green laser illuminating their cockpit around 9:40 p.m. The crew of Southwest Airlines flight 1480 from Midway Airport in Chicago reported a similar incident around 10:08 p.m. The crew of United Airlines flight 1223 reported the same type of incident around 11:17 p.m.

Online flight records show all three planes passed just north of Logan Airport before landing safely.

In all three of those incidents, the Federal Aviation Administration said Massachusetts State Police were notified and are investigating.

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