A flight from Charlotte to the New York-area Wednesday night was one of at least 11 flights hit by a mysterious laser beam. The Federal Aviation Administration said 11 commercial airlines reported lasers aimed at them as they flew near New Jersey's Newark-Liberty International Airport.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the incidents occurred between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. American Airlines Flight 1976 from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Newark landed safely after the incident.
Three of the flights were at 3,000 feet four miles south of the Outerbridge Crossing, which connects Perth Amboy to Staten Island, New York. One flight was headed to LaGuardia Airport. The source of the laser beams has not been pinpointed. All of the planes, from operators including American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue and Republic Airlines, landed safely without further incident.
The website, LIVEATC.NET, posted the audio of two pilots reporting the incident.
On June 5, planes over Long Island and New Jersey also reported laser incidents.
Pointing a laser at a plane is a federal crime, the Southeast division of the United States Coast Guard said Thursday morning on Twitter.
There have been nearly 2,000 laser incidents across the country through May 15, putting incidents at a record pace. LaGuardia had seen 36, Newark had 21 incidents, and JFK had at least 5 laser incidents by mid-May. It was not immediately clear how many incidents were reported near Charlotte. In 2014, there were 3,894 laser incidents reported in the U.S. by airlines.
WNYW contributed to this report