FBI investigates after laser pointed at Frontier flight over Colo.

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Aircraft laser beam investigation

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The FBI is now investigating after a laser was pointed at the cockpit of Frontier Flight 769 flying over the Palisade area last week.

The Daily Sentinel reported that a green-colored laser was presumably pointed from the ground, illuminating the entire cockpit on March 29.

The incident happened at about 7:30 p.m., when the plane was roughly six miles northeast of Grand Junction Regional Airport.

Ian Gregor, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilots were uninjured.

“When it hits the glass (in the cockpit), it explodes that light all over the cockpit, which is incredibly distracting especially when you’re about to land or take off,” Gregor told the Sentinel. “We’ve had a number of cases when pilots suffered temporary blindness.”

The FAA contacted the Palisade Police Department.

Willfully spotting an airplane with a laser is a federal crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, according to Gregor.

Dave Joly with the FBI said the incidents are fairly common around Denver International Airport, but not in western Colorado.