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Ohio pilot says laser momentarily blinded him

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A pilot flying into an airport outside Columbus says he was temporarily blinded by a laser aimed into his cockpit.

Thirty-five-year-old Lenny Mack of Columbus says he was about 700 to 800 feet from the ground - and less than a mile from Bolton Field airport - when he saw someone aiming a laser at his plane on Thursday.

The Columbus Dispatch says Mack landed safely and filed a report with local police. It wasn't clear who flashed the laser at Mack's plane.

Aiming a laser light at a plane is a felony. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says there were 1,527 incidents in the U.S. last year. ---

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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