Jeff Skrzypek reports
Attempting to land their plane on Monday night, two pilots flying for JetBlue Airlines said someone blasted their eyes with a green laser.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- - Attempting to land their plane on Monday night, two pilots flying for JetBlue Airlines said someone blasted their eyes with a green laser.
According to investigators at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, the pilots managed to set the plane down safely.
Unbeknownst to one West Palm Beach man who lives near the airport, it might of been his fault.
"I guess the laser got over that fence and shot out," said Jacob Finch, who owns a laser pointer.
With limited space in his cramped backyard, Finch and his dog have to get creative to exercise.
Instead of using a ball, Finch uses his green, laser pointer. A fun activity until he heard it could have caused a plane crash.
"Oh my gosh, this possibly hurt somebody? I mean we were oblivious," said Finch.
If used the wrong way, laser pens not only carry criminal charges, but it can be very dangerous for pilots.
"I really don't know what's in the mind of people who do it. I can't put myself in their position," said Joshua Duggan, NewsChannel 5 pilot.
It has happened to Duggan, who said it is frustrating.
The distraction could cause a crash and could even put a pilot out of work according to Duggan. He said a laser can cause vision damage and even blindness.
Finch said whether it was him or not, he has learned his lesson.
"I feel horrible. It could have hurt somebody. No more lasers," said Finch.
Finch said after realizing it might have been him, he called Palm Beach County CrimeStoppers.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is still investigating.