FAA Investigating After 4 Pilots Say Laser Was Pointed At Planes Over Long Island

FARMINDALE, N.Y. — Several pilots say a green laser was pointed at their planes while they were flying over Long Island.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it happened to four planes Thursday between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. near Bethpage State Park, about four miles northwest of Farmingdale.

The planes were at about 8,000 feet when the pilots say their planes were illuminated by the laser.

No injuries were reported and the FAA has alerted New York State Police.

Lasers can injure or disorient pilots and pointing a laser at a plane is a federal crime.

Last year, there were 37 laser incidents reported at LaGuardia Airport and 17 at John F. Kennedy Airport.

New York Sen. Chuck Shumer has called for a ban on green laser pointers.

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