FBI investigates laser incidents at CLE airport

Posted at 5:54 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 16:59:58-05

The FBI is working to track down a person who pointed lasers at pilots. 

The terrifying moments happened early Thursday as two planes were trying to land at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.   

According to the FBI,  the beams came from southwest of Clifton Avenue and West 117th Street.  

A laser can temporarily blind a pilot. It's a federal crime to point one at an airplane. 

The two pilots landed last night without a hitch, but Fred Szabo, commissioner of the airport, told they got lucky.

"An aircraft could actually go out of control if someone is blinded in that way. Lives can be at stake and there's very significant penalties. It's doesn't make any sense to shine a laser at an airplane." 

FBI is working with local law enforcement to investigate this incident and hold whoever is responsible accountable. The culprit could face up to $25,000 in fines or prison time.