WestJet Airlines pilot heading to Orlando injured by green laser light

Posted at 10:02 AM, May 22, 2019

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — Federal Aviation Administration officials say a pilot flying from Canada to Orlando International Airport had his eyes burned by a green laser light.

Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email that the WestJet Airlines aircraft was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the airport when the laser light hit the pilot. The flight landed safely a short time later, and the pilot was placed on medical leave, which is routine in such cases.

The FAA notified the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, which sent a deputy to a central Florida address pinpointed as a possible location the light came from. The sheriff's office says no one there had any knowledge of the incident and said they don't have a laser pointer.

The flight originated in Newfoundland, Canada. The FAA is investigating.