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Posted: November 15, 2011

Cops Seek Culprit Who Pointed Beam At Pilots

A laser light pointer aimed at an airplane in flight. (AP graphic)
A laser light pointer aimed at an airplane in flight. (AP graphic)

By Veronica Waters

ATLANTA, Ga. None —

Who zapped a Delta flight with a laser beam as it was approaching the Atlanta airport? WSB'S Bob Coxe reports the FAA would like to find out.

Delta Flight 1199 from St. Louis was on final approach to Hartsfield-Jackson around 7:20 Saturday evening, when a beam of bright green light suddenly hit the cockpit.

"The laser struck the aircraft from the left side," says the FAA's Kathleen Bergen.

Bergen says there were no injuries. Floyd County police searched an area near Shannon, northeast of Rome, without success. Anyone caught doing this can be fined up to $11,000.

"Shining a laser into the cockpit of an aircraft is no joke," says Bergen. "These lasers can temporarily blind a pilot and make it impossible to safely land an aircraft."


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