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FBI seeks suspects after laser hits aircraft in Georgia

Posted at 12:49 PM, Apr 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-11 12:49:47-04

VIDALIA, Ga. (AP) — The FBI is searching for someone who pointed a laser at a military aircraft in March. Investigators are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible.

The FBI says that around 9:50 a.m. on March 9, a U.S. Air Force aircraft was deliberately struck by a high-powered laser for about one minute.

The laser caused temporary eye damage to a member of the flight crew on the aircraft, which was approaching the Savannah Air National Guard Base.

Investigators believe the laser strike originated from an area northeast of Vidalia. It’s a federal felony to knowingly point the beam of a laser at an aircraft.