A regional jet flying from Newark Liberty International Airport to Providence, Rhode Island, was hit by a laser beam late Monday evening as it flew over Mattituck, State Police said.
The incident was reported by T.F. Green Airport police, who said the crew of the United Airlines flight reported being hit by the laser as they traveled at 11,000 feet at about 11:30 p.m.
The aircraft was an Embraer R-170 regional jet, which carries a maximum of 74 passengers in its most common configuration, according to the airline.DataLI crime stats
It was not immediately clear how many passengers were on board at the time of the incident.
State Police said the plane was traveling in “a northwest direction” when “a green laser beam was observed in the cockpit while flying over the area of Mattituck.”
There were no reported injuries, and the plane didn’t have to make any emergency maneuvers, authorities said.
State Police and Southold Town police investigated, but could not find the offender.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it is also investigating the incident.
Reported laser pointer-aircraft incidents nationally have increased significantly, from 384 in 2006 to 3,894 in 2014. As of mid-December, 7,152 incidents had been reported in 2015, including 76 near LaGuardia Airport, 24 at Kennedy, 60 at Newark Liberty, 2 at Long Island MacArthur and 6 at Republic.
Pointing a laser at a plane is a federal crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
With Candice Ruud