GEORGIA – The FBI is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the person who pointed a laser at an aircraft.
Around 9 p.m. March 9, an Air Force aircraft was struck by a high-powered laser for about a minute as it approached the Savannah Air National Guard Base.
The laser caused temporary eye damage to a member of the flight crew and put the entire crew at risk, the FBI said in a news release.
Investigators believe the laser strike originated from an area northeast of Vidalia in Toombs County.
A beam of light from a laser can travel more than a mile and illuminate a cockpit, disorienting and temporarily blinding pilots.
It is a federal felony to knowingly point the beam of a laser at an aircraft.