Boy, 14, charged with pointing lasers at aircrafts

Feb 18 2011 - 8:13am

LOS ANGELES -- A 14-year-old boy has been charged with pointing a green laser at a jetliner headed to Los Angeles International Airport and at a police helicopter.

District attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said Thursday that the boy, whose name has not been released, faces two felony counts. The Daily Breeze of Torrance says he is scheduled to be arraigned April 8.

Gibbons said the pilot of a Southwest Airlines flight from Salt Lake City reported being flashed by the laser about seven miles from the airport on Feb 8. An LAPD helicopter took to the sky to investigate the complaint, and the helicopter pilot also reported seeing the laser beam.

The Federal Aviation Administration says lasers can blind or distract pilots and damage eyesight.



Information from: Daily Breeze,

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