FBI Offers $10K Reward in Airport Laser Investigation

The FBI is investigating another laser incident targeting a plane touching down at LaGuardia

The FBI is investigating another laser incident targeting a plane in the air, this time involving a flight that was touching down at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday evening. 

Authorities say Delta Flight 1102 was on a landing approach to the airport just before 8 p.m. when the pilots reported a green laser beam entering the cockpit twice.

It appeared to be coming from Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, the FBI says. 

One of the two pilots experienced flash blindness and disrupted vision, and reported pain in his right eye for some time, authorities said. 

The FBI is now looking for the person who shined the laser and is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in this or the other recent incidents involving local airplanes. 

The FBI says laser assaults on planes in New York City's area airports have increased 17 percent since last year. Pilot injuries resulting from the laser incidents have also increased in the past year, including a burnt retina, according to the FBI.

Those caught shining lasers into planes can face prison time and fines of up to $11,000 from the FAA. 

The FBI is asking anyone with information about the laser incidents to call them at 212-384-1000.

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