Co-Pilot Temporarily Blinded By Laser Beam

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A commercial airliner safely landed at Blue Grass Airport late Tuesday night after its co-pilot complained that a laser beam distracted him.

Police say the co-pilot claimed he was temporarily blinded by the beam for five to seven seconds.

The incident was reported to Lexington Police and the FAA shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators say the on-duty Air Traffic Controller contacted Lexington Police after the laser was reported.

The crew thought the laser beam came from downtown Lexington.

The flight hasn't been identified. It was scheduled to land in Lexington. Investigators say there were passengers on board, however they were unaware of the incident.

No other incidents have been reported.

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