United Express Flight Gets Tagged After Takeoff From MHT
A United Airlines commuter flight got the green light minutes
after its departure from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT)
last Wednesday, but it wasn't from the tower.
A green laser beam illuminated the right side of the Embraer
145's cockpit as the plane was about 3,000 feet off the ground and
four miles north of the airport, the Federal Aviation
Administration reported Saturday night, according to The Manchester
There were no injuries, and the United Airlines Flight 7914
continued to its destination at Washington, DC, said FAA
spokesperson Holly Baker. The Transportation Security
Administration contacted the Manchester police about the
Police and the FBI are investigating to find the origin of the
easy to purchase laser as similar incidents like this increase, as reported in ANN.
"We're just trying to find people who may have information or
may have observed anything," said FBI spokesman Gail Marcinkiewicz.
"Certainly it's concerning enough to have law enforcement respond
Manchester police said the incident occurred about 1905 EDT.
There is no indication that the beam was intended as a threat or an
effort to disrupt air travel. They said the light illuminated the
Police indicated the laser most likely came from somewhere in an
area bordered by Maple, Pine, Valley and Spruce streets. The
18-square block neighborhood is home to Gill Stadium, Beech Street
School, corner stores and a few churches. The area also has many
apartment complexes with decks that have a few of the flight
"I never thought a laser would go that far," said a clerk at Off
the Hook Clothing, a small clothing store in Manchester.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the FBI at 472-2224,
Manchester police at 603-668-8711 or Manchester Crimeline at 603-