Laser strikes at aircraft are growing problem

10/17/2011 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

Laser strikes on aircraft in the U.S. are increasing, with 2,644 incidents involving 2,658 aircraft reported this year. No injuries have occurred as a result of the incidents. However, some pilots have been temporarily blinded and had to turn over the controls to a co-pilot. "Shining a laser into the cockpit of an aircraft is not a joke. These lasers can temporarily blind a pilot and make it impossible to safely land the aircraft, jeopardizing the safety of the passengers and people on the ground," Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt said.

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