Pilots hurt when man allegedly pointed laser at LaGuardia Airport planes

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police have arrested a man accused of pointing a laser at two aircraft landing or taking off at LaGuardia Airport.

It happened Monday night. Police say the suspect, 36-year-old Frank Egan, was tracked down to an apartment in the Bronx.

They say they found the device labeled “Laser 303” on a refrigerator of the apartment. Police say Egan admitted he owned the laser and used it that evening.

They say two police officers operating a helicopter assigned to the Aviation Unit suffered injuries to their eyes. They were treated at a hospital. The pilot of an Air Canada flight also suffered injuries. He was taken to a hospital in Toronto.

Egan was charged with assault on a police officer, reckless endangerment and other charges.

As he was led from the police precinct in handcuffs, he told media “I was sleeping” when the crime occurred.

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