FBI says lasers distracted pilots over Cleveland airport

Lasers can distract or temporarily flash-blind pilots.

CLEVELAND (AP) – Federal officials say pilots of commercial airliners landing at the Cleveland airport have been distracted by lasers more than two dozen times since December.

The FBI says the most recent laser-pointer targeting of planes landing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport happened Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Authorities believe the at least 25 laser strikes since Dec. 16 originated from an area on the west side of Cleveland. It’s a federal offense, and they’re asking anyone with information to contact the FBI or local police.

Lasers can distract or temporarily flash-blind pilots. Most reported laser incidents occur when planes are lower than 10,000 feet, with the highest percentage at under 6,000 feet.

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