1 hospitalized after laser hits Coast Guard jet

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 6, 2012 at 11:35 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- A Coast Guard jet’s crew was targeted by a laser pointer while preparing to land at Corpus Christi, sending one crew member to the hospital.

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Brendan Evans says the incident happened about 9 p.m. Monday as the jet was near Portland.

The executive-style Falcon jet under the command of Lt. Philip Thisse was making an instrument approach to Corpus Christi International Airport. Thisse said the laser hit one crew member directly and “filled the cockpit with a blinding light.” That forced an emergency landing and sent the exposed crew member to the hospital.

Evans says the crew member was treated for temporary vision impairment and discharged from Bay Area Emergency Room. He says the man is expected to make a full recovery.

The FBI is investigating.

 

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