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Thursday
Dec092010

Blinded by the Light: FAA Warns Pilots of Laser Dangers

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating a rash of incidents where lasers have been aimed at airline cockpits, possibly jeopardizing air travel safety.

About a dozen pilots filed reports last week saying someone aimed green laser lights at their cockpits while they tried to land at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

"The Federal Aviation Administration takes laser incidents very seriously because of the potential safety hazards they pose," Jim Peters, an FAA Spokesman, said in a statement to ABC News New York affiliate WABC.

At Newark Liberty Airport, there have been 17 reported laser incidents involving planes landing from the north within the past week, WABC reported.

Some pilots have reported blurred vision and damage to the retina.  The powerful laser beam can hit a target miles away and can also burn though thick plastic.

Shining a laser at an airplane is a violation of federal law.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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