FAA says plane was 'hit' by laser over Covington

FAA says plane was 'hit' by laser over Covington

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - More than 20 aircrafts, including one in the Tri-State, were hit with lasers Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Shining a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime and can harm the pilot and passenger, the FAA said.

overnight the FAA announced that one of the reported cases occurred in Covington, KY. Below is a full list of incidents Wednesday night and Thursday morning:

  • New York/Newark
  • Dallas
  • Jamestown, NY
  • Oakland, CA
  • Covington, KY
  • Danville, KY
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Salt Lake City
  • Los Angeles
  • Albuquerque
  • Detroit
  • Ontario, CA
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Springfield, IL
  • San Juan, PR
  • Sacramento

The FAA said none of the pilots were injured, but lasers can distract pilots from their safety duties and can lead to temporary blindness during critical phases of the flight.

As Oct. 16, the FAA said the total number of reported laser strikes around the United States was 5,352.

Authorities ask if anyone sees an individual pointing a laser at an aircraft to call 911.

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