Two jets on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), one a Southwest Airlines flight, were hit by a green laser beam last Thursday according to Utah Police.
Transmission between Southwest Flight 345 and the tower:
‘Pilot: “Southwest 345…”
Air traffic controller: “Southwest 345 go sir.”
Pilot: “Yeah, we just had a laser strike ….a continuing laser strike at our 9 o’clock, at about two miles. It’s a green laser.”
“Pilot: “Looks like he’s trying to strike us pretty good.”‘
Five minutes later, a green laser hit a Lear jet.
‘Air traffic controller: “The previous aircraft inbound about 8 miles ahead of you had a laser event. Did you happen to see anything
Pilot: “We just saw it off the left.”‘
Both flights landed safely but officials said the laser briefly “took out” cockpit visibility.
No one has yet been caught.
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime and carries a possible $250,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison if there is a conviction.