FBI asking for info in 25 laser strikes at Hopkins Airport - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

FBI asking for info in 25 laser strikes at Hopkins Airport

FBI asking for info in laser strikes at Hopkins. (Source: WOIO) FBI asking for info in laser strikes at Hopkins. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The FBI is looking for information regarding recent laser strikes against several commercial airliners landing at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.  

The most recent laser strike occurred the evening of February 3. Officials believe the laser strike originated from an area southwest of Clifton Avenue and West 117th Street.

Prior to this laser strike, on December 16, 2015, 25 separate commercial airliners were struck with a laser pointer. On each of these occurrences, the pilots reported that the laser caused them difficulty with concentrating, distracting them and sometimes disorienting them for a brief time during their landing approach to the Cleveland Hopkins Airport. It is believed that these 25 laser strikes originated from the same area, an area southwest of Clifton Avenue and West 117th Street.  

The main hazard for aviation is that pilots can be distracted or temporarily flashblinded by the light from a laser beam, according to officials.  

The laser strikes are being investigated. If you have any information call the Cleveland Division of the FBI at 216-522-1400. Tips can remain anonymous and reward money is available.

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