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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : lga|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3500|
msl bound upper : 3500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : n90|
tower : hnl
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Widebody, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Navigation In Use||Other |
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : on vectors|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 13000
|Function||other personnel other|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Prior to reaching nanci intersection on a nanci 2 arrival to klga, we were cleared up the hudson river for a right turn in to runway 13 at klga. While passing approximately abeam the verrazano bridge heading north, we were bombarded with multi colored laser beams apparently coming from atop the pan am bldg. This continued until we were about abeam the pan am bldg. At that time we thought we were out of the area that the laser beams were being aimed. After turning final north of central park for runway 13, the laser beams again struck our aircraft and continued to do so until we were out of their line of sight. It appeared someone was aiming the laser beams at the aircraft since we were beamed both south and north of the pan am bldg. It appears good sense operation of laser beams is out of hand. The damage to one's eyes, not to mention loss of night vision, can contribute to an accident.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACR WDB REPORTS VISUAL INTERFERENCE FROM LASER BEAM WHILE BEING VECTORED FOR A NIGHT LNDG ON RWY 13 AT LGA. BEAM SAID TO BE COMING FROM THE TOP OF PAN AM BUILDING.
Narrative: PRIOR TO REACHING NANCI INTXN ON A NANCI 2 ARR TO KLGA, WE WERE CLRED UP THE HUDSON RIVER FOR A RIGHT TURN IN TO RWY 13 AT KLGA. WHILE PASSING APPROX ABEAM THE VERRAZANO BRIDGE HDG N, WE WERE BOMBARDED WITH MULTI COLORED LASER BEAMS APPARENTLY COMING FROM ATOP THE PAN AM BLDG. THIS CONTINUED UNTIL WE WERE ABOUT ABEAM THE PAN AM BLDG. AT THAT TIME WE THOUGHT WE WERE OUT OF THE AREA THAT THE LASER BEAMS WERE BEING AIMED. AFTER TURNING FINAL N OF CENTRAL PARK FOR RWY 13, THE LASER BEAMS AGAIN STRUCK OUR ACFT AND CONTINUED TO DO SO UNTIL WE WERE OUT OF THEIR LINE OF SIGHT. IT APPEARED SOMEONE WAS AIMING THE LASER BEAMS AT THE ACFT SINCE WE WERE BEAMED BOTH S AND N OF THE PAN AM BLDG. IT APPEARS GOOD SENSE OPERATION OF LASER BEAMS IS OUT OF HAND. THE DAMAGE TO ONE'S EYES, NOT TO MENTION LOSS OF NIGHT VISION, CAN CONTRIBUTE TO AN ACCIDENT.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.