Laser Pointed at JetBlue Pilot During Landing

Florida police search for a suspect who shined a blinding laser light into plane's cockpit.
3:00 | 12/10/13

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We're going to turn to that close call in the skies. A jetblue flight landing safely in palm beach, florida, last night, after a blinding laser was reportedly pointed from the ground directly into the cockpit. Authorities are looking for suspects this morning. And abc's jim avila has the latest. Good morning, jim. Reporter: Good morning, george. About the last thing you want when you're on final approach is to have some prankster on the ground aim one of the laser pointers into the cockpit. It happens way too often. And it happened again overnight in florida. Overnight, a disaster averted at palm beach international airport. A jetblue flight landing safely after a blinding laser, apparently like this one, was apparently pointed straight into the cockpit from the ground. The laser light is going to be just as intense as it is right there by you. A green laser can temporarily flash-blind you. And that might be enough to cause an accident. Reporter: Jetblue tells us, the aircraft landed safely at palm beach international airport. The situation is under investigation. The faa reports that since 2004, laser incidents across the u.S. Have shot from an average of only a few hundred a year, to more than 3,000 as of october alone. In 2012, a jetblue pilot was temporarily blinded while preparing to land at kennedy international airport. About 5,000 feet. Yes, sir, 5,000 feet. Two green flashes. And it caught the first officer in his eye. Reporter: Then, the prankster arrested in san francisco, after repeatedly shining a green and red laser at a local news chopper. We spoke to steve robinson who suffered two burned corneas in a laser attack. That ability to land is compromised. Reporter: And the problem is so glaring, the fbi announced it is forming a terror force to combat laser incidents. Imagine trying to land a jet filled with passengers with your eyes closed. It's a serious hazard. And can lead to federal prison time. Robin? Jim, thank you very much.

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