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Pilots report two incidents of laser strikes near Louisville International Airport Tuesday morning

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Pilots of two separate air carrier flights near Louisville International Airport reported that laser beams were pointed into their cockpits early Tuesday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

It happened at approximately 1 a.m., the agency reported.

"The pilots said that green lasers illuminated the right sides of the cockpits while they were headed northbound at 2,800 feet, three miles from the end of Runway 35 Right," the FAA explained in a written statement. "The flights were approaching Louisville International Airport. They are Ameriflight 2312, a Hawker Beechcraft 190 aircraft, that departed from Smyrna, TN, and UPS 671 arriving from Springfield, MO. The FAA alerted law enforcement and is investigating."

UPS 671 was a flight involving an Airbus 300, according to the FAA.

A spokeswoman for Louisville metro Police says their air unit was notified.

According to the FAA, there have 3,154 reports of laser strikes of aircraft nationwide from Jan. 1 to June 11. Of that number, 78 took place in Kentucky and 22 took place in Louisville.

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