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British Airways flight targeted by a green laser after the descent into Dulles, FAA confirms

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A British Airways flight was reportedly the target of a green laser upon entry into the Dulles International Airport near Washington, D. C. on Saturday.

The incident comes just one week after WestJet pilot’s eyes were blinded by a green laser during the entry into force of the International Airport of Orlando.

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The crew in the cockpit of the British Airways flight, which originated in London, reported seeing the green laser over Maryland on Saturday evening, at an altitude of about 5,000 feet, WJAL reports. Air traffic controllers warned all other incoming flights of a “laser event”, says the outlet.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has confirmed to Fox News that the flight landed safely, and that the agency is investigating the incident.

The FAA warns that aiming lasers at aircraft is inconsistent with the federal legislation and to enable pilots operating the aircraft.
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“British Airways Flight 293 reported that a green laser illuminated the Boeing 747 aircraft when it went to Dulles International Airport about 9: 55 p.m. on Saturday, May 25,” the FAA statement read. “The flight landed safely and no injuries reported.”

“The FAA notified the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland,” the note continued. “The FAA will investigate.”

Although no one was injured, lasers can be a serious risk to aircraft crew, according to the FAA. In addition to the laser strike outside of Orlando last Saturday, which resulted in the pilot is on medical leave, several aircraft descending into Los Angeles International Airport were affected by green and red lasers on May 17. Three people were arrested in the South of Los Angeles in connection with the May 17 incident.

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The FAA warns that aiming lasers at aircraft is inconsistent with the federal legislation and to enable pilots operating the aircraft.

In a press release issued in April, the FAA wrote that “laser attacks on planes continue to pose a serious threat to the safety of aviation,” despite the winds of reported incidents in the past few years.

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