NEW DETAILS: Laser Incidents Worry Aviation Officials - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

NEW DETAILS: Laser Incidents Worry Aviation Officials

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says it has recorded a steady increase in reports from across the country of people pointing lasers at aircraft cockpits. And these incidents are dangerous.

The lasers' intense light can distract and temporarily blind pilots. In some cases, pilots have had to relinquish control of planes and helicopters to their co-pilots or abort landings. Lasers have also been directed at air traffic control towers.

There hasn't been an air crash so far, but the incidents have aviation officials worried.

This year there have been more than 2,200 incidents, up from less than 300 incidents in 2005. And lasers have become far more prevalent and powerful.
      

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