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FAA: Laser That Blinded Pilot Came From Volusia

FAA: Laser That Blinded Pilot Came From Volusia

WestJet Boeing 737-800

Deltona, FL – The Federal Aviation Administration says a green laser that burned a pilot’s eye mid-flight originated from Volusia County.

According to an email from Kathleen Bergen, spokesperson for the FAA, a WestJet flight was en route to Orlando International Airport from Newfoundland on Saturday (May 18th).

Close to 10 p.m., when the flight was just 25 miles from OIA, the first officer sustained an eye injury after a green laser illuminated the aircraft.

The plane landed safely in Orlando not long after the incident, the pilot is now on medical leave.

Following the incident, the FAA notified the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, saying that they believe the laser originated from an address in Deltona.

The FAA is still investigating the incident.

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Source:: News Daytona Beach