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FBI: Laser pointers injuring inbound JFK pilots; Joint Terrorism Task Force on the hunt

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019 6:36 pm

The FBI’s New York Field Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the individual or individuals responsible for injuring pilots on planes inbound to John F. Kennedy International Airport by pointing a laser at the aircraft.

The bureau said in a press release issued on Oct. 3 that the investigation is being led by its Joint Terrorism Task Force, which consists of more than fifty local, state, and federal agencies.

A blue laser appears to be emanating from the area of Roslyn, LI. Multiple pilots have reported eye injuries as a result of the laser. The FBI reported that it has seen a recent increase in laser incidents across all New York City-area airports.

Pointing a laser at an aircraft presents danger to pilots, passengers, and those on the ground. The crime is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, or both.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI’s New York Field Office at 1-800-CALL-FBI or dial 911. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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  • Buster57 posted at 8:30 pm on Mon, Oct 7, 2019.

    Buster57 Posts: 79

    Find the culprits and imprison them for attempted murder of however many people are on the planes effected. This is so serious the courts must send a real message to these morons.