Two pilots targeted by green laser near Love Field

File photo of a green laser
File photo of a green laser AFP/Getty images

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.

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

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