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Pilots report laser strikes close to Standiford Field

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- While you were watching high-flying stunts and drama in the sky, Thunder Over Louisville's Airboss was dealing with a crisis.

"The pilot of the C130 that was carrying the 'Leap Frogs' parachuting team radioed me and said he had been hit by a laser," Riordan said.

It's not the first time it happened to an airplane, and it certainly won't be the last. In fact, it happens on a weekly basis in Louisville, according to Riordan. 

"People don't realize these are not toys, and this not an innocent thing you're doing," he added. 

On Tuesday morning, the FAA says someone pointed green lasers into two cockpits. 

One was an Ameri-flight from Tennessee. The other was a UPS flight from Missouri.

Luckily in both of those situations, no one was hurt. But Riordon says that doesn't mean it will always be that way.

"It can cost people lives," he said.

The laser has a different effect in a plane than on the ground.

"When it hits the plexiglass of an aircraft windshield, it becomes a glare. It's as if you're in a car at night, and somebody set off a flash bulb of a camera next to you," Riordon said.

Police are investigating the latest incidents near Standiford Field, but locating a suspect can be tough.

According to the FAA, there have been more than 3,000 reports of laser strikes nationwide so far this year. 

Twenty-two were reported in Louisville.

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