FAA, police investigating after laser pointed at NDHP aircraft
FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a laser was pointed at a North Dakota Highway Patrol airplane Saturday night.
Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind says the incident happened while the airplane was conducting a speeding surveillance operation with local law enforcement over Fargo and West Fargo.
Niewind says after the pilot determined where the laser was coming from, West Fargo Police went to a residence to speak with the occupants.
Niewind says it also appears that other aircraft in the area may have been targeted with a laser Saturday night.
“Our aircraft with that technology that it has, the camera and the recording, they were able to record those laser strikes on the airplane,” Highway Patrol Sgt. Adam Malafa said.
The FAA says pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime.