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JetBlue flight from PBI targeted by laser while landing at Newark airport

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Posted at 1:54 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 13:54:22-05

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Another commercial flight has been targeted by a laser.

The crew of a JetBlue flight originating in West Palm Beach, Florida noticed the laser as it was flying Saturday night over Paterson, New Jersey on approach to Newark Liberty International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Lasers can temporarily blind a pilot and are considered a problem at airports around the country.

There have been more than two dozen laser incidents reported at Newark this year, and about 5,200 nationwide. The national total is on pace to surpass the total of more than 5,600 in 2018.