Four Aircrafts Targeted by Green Lasers over New York
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reported an instance of Federal crime as four commercial airliners were targeted by green lasers on Thursday night as they flew over New York.
The pilots have reported being attacked by green lasers as they flew past 8,000 feet above the ground level. The pilots informed that their aircrafts were illuminated by lasers when they were approximately four miles northwest of Farmingdale over the Long Island on Thursday.
According to the FAA, these four flights flying out of John F. Kennedy international Airport were the American 185, Shuttle America 4213, Delta 2292 and Delta 2634.
The incidents occurred between 9:30 and 10 p.m. After that, all the four planes continued their flights safely and no injuries were reported.
FAA has alerted New York State Police which is investigating the incident but until now no one has been charged.
FAA stated that instances of Laser targeting have been witnessed in the past as well. On May 5, a Bronx man with a history of schizophrenia had pleaded guilty of shining a laser at three commercial airplanes.
Another man named Elehecer Balaguer, 54, was arrested in March after he shined the laser into the cockpit of a NYPD helicopter that was responding to the airline pilots’ complaints. During this incident the police choppers quickly spotted the apartment that was the source of the dangerous beam and arrested Balaguer.
Preet Bharara, US Attorney stated,” Lasers, when pointed at aircraft have the ability to incapacitate and injure pilots. Thankfully, this case did not end in tragedy, but Elehecer Balaguer’s actions were serious and posed a danger”.
The federal statute outlaws shining of a laser at an aircraft. Therefore anyone pointing a laser into a cockpit commits a federal crime which entails a maximum of five years in prison and whopping fine of $250,000!
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