JetBlue plane hit with laser, pilot lands plane safely at PBIA

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A JetBlue pilot and co-pilot were able to avert a disaster Monday evening, landing the plane safely at Palm Beach International Airport after a blinding laser was pointed at the cockpit from the ground, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies launched a search by land and air but as of 11 p.m. had not found the person or persons responsible for shooting the laser beam at the plane, said Teri Barbera, sheriff spokeswoman.

The incident happened around 8 p.m.

Lasers beamed at the cockpits of aircrafts landing at PBIA have been an ongoing problem, according to PBSO.

PBSO warns that anyone who knowingly and willfully points or focuses the beam of a laser device on an individual operating a motor vehicle, vessel or aircraft resulting in bodily injury is guilty of a second-degree felony.

If the plane were to crash, the act becomes a first-degree felony.

PBSI is asking anyone who witness the incident to contact the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, the nearest law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. You can also send a text to tips@cspbc.com .

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