Two pilots of small aircraft reported being targeted by a green laser early Sunday near Love Field in Dallas, officials said Sunday.
The pilots reported the incidents at 12:38 a.m. Sunday about 12 miles south of the Dallas airport, just east of Interstate 35E and north of Interstate 20 at Wheatland Road, authorities said.
“The pilots reported being struck by a green laser multiple times,” FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said Sunday in an email.
The two aircraft were westbound at 3,000 feet en route to Arlington.
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Authorities were unable to locate the person who pointed the laser at the pilots.
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a violation of federal law. Two years ago, Kenneth Santodomingo of Dallas was arrested and later sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for shining a laser into a police helicopter in the predawn hours.
FBI officials have said that when aimed at an aircraft from the ground, the powerful beam of light from a hand-held laser can travel more than a mile and illuminate a cockpit, disorienting and temporarily blinding pilots.
Those who have been subject to such attacks have described them as the equivalent of a camera flash going off in a pitch black car at night.
If convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft, a person faces a maximum of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763