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Laser from Astoria targeted plane entering Queens

Such incidents up 17 percent, FBI says

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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 4:57 pm | Updated: 5:20 pm, Fri Oct 18, 2013.

A spate of recent laser incidents targeting aircraft and pilots are increasing in frequency in the New York area. In the same period year–to-date, reports of lasers directed at aircraft are up 17 percent. Injuries involving the same laser incidents have also increased. Lasers can temporarily or permanently blind a pilot and crew.

The two most recent incidents both occurred on October 15, 2013. The first, at 7:35 p.m., involved Shuttle America flight 5973, when the aircraft cockpit was illuminated by a green laser on the final approach to La Guardia Airport. The laser incident occurred approximately six miles from the runway, at 2,000 feet. The crew reported the laser beam originated about a half-mile west of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

The second incident occurred at 10:37 p.m. A private aircraft reported a green laser two miles southwest of La Guardia Airport while heading eastbound over the Triborough Bridge. The laser originated near the intersection of Broadway and Steinway Street in Queens. Although no injuries were reported in either incident, several commercial pilots earlier this year suffered significant injury, including a burnt retina.

“The FBI is asking anyone with information about any of these dangerous laser incidents to pick up the phone and call us,” said Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos. “Our paramount concern is the safety of aircraft passengers and crew.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 212-384-1000. A reward is available for information that leads to the identification, arrest, and conviction of anyone involved in these incidents. Tipsters may remain anonymous. The investigation is being led by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, comprising more than fifty local, state, and federal agencies.

 

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  • omni posted at 10:16 pm on Fri, Oct 18, 2013.

    omni Posts: 3

    Maybe the FAA and LaGuardia could actually stop pissing people off with their implementation of the NextGen system and flying planes loud and low over thousands of peoples homes.

    Without even doing any environmental testing or talking to the communities affected they just went ahead and decided to change flight paths creating virtual runways over peoples homes. Communities nowhere near the airport are being driven insane.

    Angering thousands and probably the few crazy ones that do these highly dangerous things.

    Figure it out FAA, Port Authority and LaGuardia. Stop angering people and talk to the communities in earnest. Do some real world testing instead of using computer models.

     
  • omni posted at 10:08 pm on Fri, Oct 18, 2013.

    omni Posts: 3

    Oh well. This was bound to happen and will continue as long as the FAA continues to direct planes to fly at ridiculously low altitudes over vast distances of residential areas in Queens. All this due to their hurried roll out of their NextGen implementation with little regard to the communities on the ground and the environment. They basically just changed flight paths without consulting anybody and doing no environmental tests. In a nut shell, shoving it down our throats over the last year and a half.

    I don't condone these highly dangerous actions, but I understand that when you don't work with the community before you start flying jets low and loud ALL THE TIME, people will get pissed and some of those people will do crazy things.

    Figure it out FAA and LaGuardia. Create flight paths that don't drive people insane.