Three laser strikes hit planes arriving and departing from Sea-Tac airport last week

Aiming a laser at an aircraft can incapacitate the pilot, putting everyone on board at risk.

SEATAC, Wash. — There were three reported laser attacks at Seattle Tacoma International Airport last week, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

A laser attack can incapacitate a pilot, putting everyone on board at risk.

Three crew members of a Boeing 737 flight reported being illuminated with lasers in the Seattle area last week.

The crews of Delta Flight 2076 and Alaska Airlines Flight 366 both reported being illuminated with a green laser at approximately 1,800 feet as they approached Sea-Tac Airport around 6:30 p.m. November 18

The crew of Alaska Airlines Flight 1033 reported being illuminated with green lasers southeast of Sea-Tac Airport at 4,800 feet on Nov. 19 also around 6:30 p.m.

The FAA is investigating the reports.

Those found to be beaming lasers at aircraft will be fined up to $11,000 for each violation and up to $30,800 for multiple laser beam incidents.

There were 9,723 laser attacks nationwide in 2021, up from 6,852 in 2020. There were 7,863 laser attacks as of October 31 of this year.

According to the FBI, there was a “significant increase in laser incidents involving commercial aircraft” in Washington state between February and March earlier this year.

Last April, the FBI offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for several laser attacks at Sea-Tac airport. The increase prompted the FAA and the Port of Seattle to ask the public for help in finding the person or persons responsible. Three laser strikes hit planes arriving and departing from Sea-Tac airport last week

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