Thu, Sep 02, 2010
Southwest Airlines Jet Was On Approach To Love Field
The pilot of Southwest Airlines Flight 939 on approach to Love
Field in Dallas was momentarily blinded by a flash of bright light
in the cockpit. But this time, the light was not from some bored
kid with a laser pointer or local resident angry about air traffic.
The culprit was a rotating spotlight perched on top of a Dallas
strip club called "Bomb Shells Cabaret".
FAA spokeswoman Lynn Lunsford said the airliner was about four
miles from the airport when it was inadvertently hit by the
spotlight. "All of a sudden, a bright flash of light, and their
night vision is destroyed, and it takes a while to come back,"
Lunsford told Fort Worth television station KXAS.
The owner of the strip club, Zack Carson, has unplugged the
searchlight until it can be re-aimed. He said it has been in
operation for two years, and this is the first time there has been
any reported issue with air traffic in the area. "I'm not one for
blinding planes," he told the station.
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