The pilot of a FedEx plane reported his aircraft was targeted by someone on the ground with a green laser while flying at 23,000 feet over Jamestown two weeks ago.
It was among the latest incidents of lasers striking aircraft that have occurred across the country, and Sen. Charles E. Schumer wants federal regulators to ban the sale of high-powered green lasers.
Schumer will be in Buffalo Tuesday to make his pitch, saying the lasers harass pilots and have the potential to blind or disorient.
Schumer, who is scheduled to be at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, wants the Food and Drug Administration to ban the sale of these long-range lasers, which he says have the potential to inflict more damage because of their color spectrum.
Because of the potential harm involved, the federal government should act before a devastating event happens, he says.
Incidents like what happened near Jamestown are happening regularly across the country.
• Two news helicopters were hit earlier this month in Brooklyn, according to the New York Daily News. A 20-year-old was charged with reckless endangerment.
• There were six laser strikes in a 24-hour period in Dallas earlier this month, according to WFAA-TV.
• The pilot of a plane carrying mail in Michigan reported someone pointed a laser into his cockpit early this month, according to mlive.com.
Other instances have happened near Oklahoma City, Phoenix and San Diego in recent months, according to news reports. There were 74 instances with green lasers reported at New York City airports last year, according to the New York Daily News.
Such incidents are also happening around the world and have caused injuries. A British Airways pilot suffered burnt retinas last spring after someone pointed a laser at his plane as he landed at London’s Heathrow Airport, according to the U.K. Telegraph.
Schumer began calling for federal regulators to ban green lasers earlier this year.
Representatives of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority are scheduled to be on hand with Schumer.