Southwest Airlines Pilot Lands Safely After Laser Pointer Incident

The pilot landed the Boeing 747 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport despite a green light aimed into the cockpit.
1:43 | 08/07/14

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Transcript for Southwest Airlines Pilot Lands Safely After Laser Pointer Incident
The oh. As we -- that -- The that we the. That light would and similar to what you see here in this FBI reenactment. It's a phenomenon that flight instructor Alexandra Brady hopes to never experienced firsthand. A little laser in the race that is is truly like being blinded it doesn't you -- you see it as a really small little pointer coming off the end of the later but as it goes up and down through the area again becomes. A much bigger spot. In fact -- this video illustrates it can't appear as large as two feet of crops completely obscuring a pilot's vision. Or even causing serious damage to the -- depending on the laser strength. Luckily for the pilot in this most recent case and -- -- -- he was okay and was able to still land but could spend much worse. I mean it's a huge distraction. And if you do lose sight of their anyway especially if you are -- in just before it you know -- or something like that than it really does have an effect on the safe landing. What if this were your family board that aircraft. He would want them to be safe and protected. The FBI just taking this crime very seriously. We don't want to catastrophe to happen. Interfering with the operation of an aircraft has long been a federal crime but in 2012 a new law made it a felony to knowingly point laser beam at a plane or helicopter. Getting caught can result in five years in prison and 111000 dollars in fines so -- like you see here is -- obviously the one that was used allegedly last night was green which experts -- can actually appear ten times as bright. Now at last check they hadn't found the person was shining that light in the sky but keep in mind. The FBI does offer rewards up to 101000 dollars leading to an arrest in a case like this you know anything you're urged to come for.

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