Sheriff: Laser aimed at UPS plane over south Ga.

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Posted: Nov 25, 2011 9:38 AM
Sheriff: Laser aimed at UPS plane over south Ga.

Authorities say someone has been aiming laser beams at aircraft in Georgia, and officers are investigating.

The pilot of a UPS Inc. plane reported being flashed recently by a green laser beam shot toward his plane as it headed toward the airport in the south Georgia town of Statesboro. UPS is the world's largest shipping carrier.

The Statesboro Herald reports (http://bit.ly/v9H7jp) that Bulloch County sheriff's officials also indicate that an Air Evac helicopter pilot recently reported a similar incident.

Both incidents occurred near the Ogeechee River.

Elsewhere in the state, officers searched for the source of a laser beam after a Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport official reported Nov. 12 that someone aimed it into the cockpit of an airplane passing over northwest Georgia. The Atlanta airport is the world's busiest.