SFO Planes Flashed With Laser Near Palo Alto

Fines of up to $11,000 can be imposed on offending parties.

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    Two SFO planes were flashed with laser beams.

    Two San Francisco International Airport flights reported being flashed with a laser beam about 4,000 feet above the Bay Area Thursday night.

    The first incident was reported by Skywest flight 6269, which was struck by a laser light at about 4,000 feet and 14 miles east of Palo Alto around 10:25 p.m.

    A Virgin American Airbus was also flashed with a laser light at about 10:29 p.m. The plane was also flying at about 4,000 feet high in the air and about 13 miles east of Palo Alto.

    "Our role is to report the incidents as quickly as possible to law enforcement," Ian Gregor, public affairs manager of the FAA Pacific Division, said. "After that, catching the perps is up to law enforcement."

    The incidents are logged and fines of up to $11,000 can be imposed on anyone caught and prosecuted.