Laser pointed at Air Force cargo plane in North Carolina

An Air Force C-17 Globemaster flies over the Normandy Drop Zone at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Feb. 1, 2019.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 15, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Authorities in North Carolina say someone pointed a laser at a military cargo plane as it approached an airport.

Citing air traffic control audio, news outlets reported that the green laser hit the left side of a U.S. Air Force C-17 cockpit that was 12 miles north of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Thursday night. The aircraft was about 3,000 feet in the air at the time.

Officials have not made any arrests. Pointing a laser at a plane is a felony that can carry a five-year prison term, but it's typically hard to identify suspects in these cases. The pilots were not blinded in this instance.

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