Laser pointed at Air Force cargo plane in North Carolina

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Laser pointed at military cargo plane near Charlotte-Douglas on March 14, 2019. (Photo: WSOC)

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say someone pointed a laser at a military cargo plane as it approached an airport.

Citing air traffic control audio, news outlets report the green laser hit the left side of a U.S. Air Force C-17 cockpit that was 12 miles north of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Thursday night. The aircraft was about 3,000 feet in the air at the time.

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Officials have not made any arrests. Pointing a laser at a plane is a felony that can carry a five-year prison term, but it’s typically hard to identify suspects in these cases. The pilots were not blinded in this instance.