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FAA confirmed: Pilots of three planes above Dallas hit by laser

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Air travel is facing threat from unexpected angles. Laser beams are now being used by unidentified people to harm flights and the latest incidences are being reported from around Dallas.

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The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that pilots of three planes said they were hit by a laser beam about 11 miles southeast of Dallas at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. One of the planes was a private jet, another was from Southwest Airlines and the third one was from Virgin America.

The planes were headed to Dallas Love Field, and were lying at altitudes between 3,000 and 4,000 feet when they were hit by the laser beam. The source of the laser was not immediately discovered and an investigation is going on.

According to FAA, aiming a laser at an aircraft is a serious safety risk and violates federal law. Many high-powered lasers can completely incapacitate pilots who are trying to fly safely to their destinations and may be carrying hundreds of passengers.

The FAA is working with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to pursue civil and criminal penalties against individuals who purposely aim a laser at an aircraft.

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