NEWARK, NJ – Authorities are investigating two reports of lasers being pointed at aircraft bound for New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.
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Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the crew of a United Airlines flight reported seeing a laser pointed at the plane 15 miles south-west of the airport Tuesday night. A Cessna business jet from Dallas reported a green laser light from an hour after 2 1 / 2 miles from Somerset Airport.
Both planes landed safely at Newark. No injuries were reported.
The cases were referred to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey State Police and the FBI for further investigation.
Lasers aimed at aircraft can seriously impair a pilot's vision. A man convicted in California, the projection of a laser beam and temporarily blinding a pilot in 2009 was sentenced to 2 1 / 2 years in prison.
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