Pilots Report Laser into Cockpit During Landing

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Apr 21, 2011  |  Updated 7:15 AM PDT
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Laser Aims at Aircraft Near Palomar Airport

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Laser Aims at Aircraft Near Palomar Airport

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Pilots landing a plane in San Diego Tuesday night reported seeing a laser pointed at the cockpit.

JetBlue Flight 411 was arriving at Lindbergh Field from Boston when the pilot reported the laser to air traffic control.

“Someone is shooting a green laser about 2 o’clock and about three miles,” the pilot can be heard on a tower recording. He was trying to describe the source of the laser to officials.

The Airbus A-320 ended up landing safely. Whoever did it remains at large.

It is a federal offense to shine a laser light at an aircraft.

Through March 30th of this year, the FAA says pilots have reported 10 laser events around Lindbergh Field.
 

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