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11 flights report being lit by lasers over New Jersey

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Republic Airlines 4632 and United 330 pilots saw the lasers as they were seven miles northeast of Robbinsville, he said. The FAA says at least three of the incidents involved flights near Newark Liberty worldwide Airport. One flight was headed to LaGuardia Airport.

No injuries were reported and no word yet on who was pointing the laser.

ABC 7 reports that the lasers were pointed at a variety of flights after 9 p.m. on Wednesday leading to air traffic controllers changing the approaches for incoming flights.

The lasers hit the left and right sides of the cockpits, along with the sides of the planes.

Airports around Newark reported laser use from the ground.

– American Airlines Flight 966 was at 3,000 feet, about 15 miles south of Newark.

Two flights were over Monmouth County. But that’s nationwide, so the 11 reported attacks over New Jersey alone in one night do seem to stand out. The final plane, a JetBlue flight, did not report its location, the FAA said. “How far away would you say and what color was it?” The pilots spotted the green lights about five miles southwest of the airport.

Nearby New York City airports have reported similar incidents, particularly with green lasers, which are considered more unsafe than red lasers because they are more visible to the human eye.

The planes were at about 8,000 feet when the FAA said the pilots said their planes were illuminated by the laser.

The government has been trying to stop such attacks, whether the intent is malicious or not, with President Barack Obama signing a law in 2012 making it a federal crime to aim a laser pointer at an aircraft.


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