BOSTON - After two separate incidents reported of a green laser being pointed at commercial aircrafts arriving into Boston Logan Airport, a third incident has now occurred.
According to the Boston Globe who spoke with the Federal Aviation Administration, the third incident occurred on Wednesday evening before 9 p.m. when a Southwest flight headed to Logan had a green laser pointed at its right side.
The aircraft was roughly 16 miles from the airport and 16,000 feet in the air when the pilot spotted the green light.
An investigation into the green laser incident has been ongoing since earlier this month when two commercial aircrafts were both targeted on the same night, also a Wednesday an hour apart from each other as they were traveling roughly 3 miles north of Bedford.
A pilot on the Spirit Airlines Airbus A320 flight from Chicago O’Hare spotted the green light at 6:30 p.m. while the JetBlue Airways Airbus A321 flight coming from San Francisco observed the laser light around 7:30 p.m.
"Both flights landed safely at Boston Logan International Airport — their intended destination — and there were no injuries reported,” the Federal Aviation Administration officials said.
The FAA followed up on the matter on their website.
"Many high-powered lasers can completely incapacitate pilots who are trying to fly safely to their destinations and may be carrying hundreds of passengers,” the FAA stated on the website.
Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the Massachusetts State Police are both looking into the matters.
A similar incident of lasers being pointed at aircrafts occured back in October 2017 with three incidents under investigation at that time by state police.
Both civil and criminal penalties can result for those found guilty of pointing a laser at a commercial aircraft.
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