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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Aircraft hit with laser light over Johnson County

Posted: August 21, 2013 - 10:17am
Updated: August 21, 2013 - 2:36pm

Photo credit: LaserPointerSafety.com
Authorities are investigating after an aircraft reported being hit with a laser light shortly after midnight Wednesday.

Master Police Officer Dan Friesen, of the Lenexa Police Department, tells Operation 100 News that they received a report of the incident from the Kansas City International airport control tower around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.


KCI officials told Lenexa Police that about 20 minutes earlier, an aircraft was shined with a green laser light over their city. Approximate coordinates led officers to the intersection of 79th Street and Quivira Road.

Officer Friesen says, "officers didn't find anything in the area."

Authorities say the laser light was spotted by the pilot of a "small beechcraft aircraft." That aircraft was headed towards the Johnson County Executive Airport, near 151st Street and Pflumm Road in Olathe.

LaserPointerSafety.com says the Federal Aviation Administration has received 2,282 reports of laser/aircraft incidents from January 1, 2013 through August 1, 2013. The August 2013 number of reported incidents is 22% higher than the same time period of 2012 and on pace for there to be 4,254 total laser/aircraft incidents in the 2013 calendar year.

It is a violation of Federal Law to aim laser pointers at aircraft or their flight path. Violators can be fined and face up to five years in prison. Source: 18 USC § 39A - Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kansas City International Airport Police at 
816-243-5219 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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