United cockpit hit by laser while approaching Austin airport

FILE Laser strike airplane cockpit

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A United Airlines flight approaching the Austin airport reported a green laser lighting up the cockpit in the skies above Williamson County.

Lynn Lunsford, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson, says United flight 1889 from San Francisco reported the laser at 10:15 p.m. Monday.

The plane, an Airbus A319 — which can carry up to 160 passengers — was at 5,000 feet and 20 miles northwest of the airport when the incident happened.

No injuries were reported, the FAA says.

KXAN has reached out to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office for additional information.

A law signed into effect in 2012 made pointing a laser at an aircraft a federal crime. 

If you see a laser being pointed at an aircraft you are encouraged to report it to the FAA in addition to local authorities. 

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