Officials: Laser hits 2 pilots, land jet safely

Save Story

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials in Florida say two pilots who were hit with a green laser were able to land the JetBlue plane safely.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office statement says the pilots on flight 521 from LaGuardia to West Palm Beach had the laser pointed at them on Monday night. They were about five miles from the Palm Beach International Airport.

According to the statement, the pilot said he believed he was being tracked because the person using the laser made repeated sweeping movements with the light across the aircraft. The pilot also said he had to shield his eyes to land.

Authorities have not made any arrests.

The statement says there's been an ongoing problem with lasers pointed at planes landing at the airport.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics



Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast