FAA: Another laser incidence near Sea-Tac airport
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) -- The FAA says there has been another laser incident near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
KOMO-TV reports the latest incident involved Continental Flight 1531 that was heading to Chicago Monday night. Officials say a light was shined into the cockpit just after takeoff. The flight continued and landed safely in Chicago.
Officials say these lasers are extremely powerful and can temporarily blind pilots. With incidents on the rise, the FAA has increased the fine for those caught shining lasers into a plane. The fine is now $11,000.
There were 26 incidents at Sea-Tac in 2010 and 1,100 across the country.
Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/