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FAA: Laser pointed at four airplanes flying out of JFK

Park police search Bethpage State Park Thursday night,

Park police search Bethpage State Park Thursday night, May 28, 2015, after reports that a green laser "illuminated" four planes flying in the area over Bethpage State Park, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Photo Credit: Stringer News Service

Flight crews from four airplanes flying in the area over Bethpage State Park Thursday night reported that a green laser "illuminated their aircraft," the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Spokesman Jim Peters of the federal agency said Friday that the planes were flying at about 8,000 feet about 4 miles northwest of Farmingdale between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The flights included American Airlines 185, Shuttle America 4213, Delta 2292 and Delta 2634, all of which originated from Kennedy Airport.

Peters said the FAA notified the New York State Park Police.

A representative of park police declined to comment.

Air traffic control can be heard warning pilots to "use caution," according to audio from, a website that catalogs air traffic control transmission.

"Several aircrafts reported a green laser following the wings of the airplane. No direct cockpit hits but they were chasing the plane," air traffic control said.

Minutes later, one plane was hit with a laser as air traffic control alerted another plane.

"There's an aircraft just above you, right about 9,000 feet ... He's reporting being hit with the laser as we speak," air traffic control said, according to the In addition, Sun Country Airlines Flight 249 reported being illuminated by a green laser when it was 14 miles southwest of JFK around 11:30 p.m.; the FAA notified New Jersey State Police about this incident, Peters said.

Using a laser to interfere with the operation of an aircraft is a crime punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to

CORRECTION: In an initial version of this story, one of the Delta flights was incorrectly identified by the FAA.


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