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US: a man admits to pointing a laser at the plane

Man faces up to 5 years in prison. About 50 incidents reported against him

The acting US Attorney, judge Joseph Murphy, announced in these days to have filed the guilty plea of Eugene Conrad, 52 years old, who admitted to have pointed a laser at several planes, in particular of the logistics company FedEx, passing over the skies of the airport of Memphis, in the State of Tennessee. The man now faces up to five years in prison. The sentence will be decided at a hearing on March 10, 2022.

The sentence comes following a series of reports made by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FAA reported that aircraft flying over the Memphis airport were constantly targeted by a green laser that hit the cockpit. That's 49 attacks recorded between Jan. 1, 2021, and July 15, 2021.

The latest attack was the decisive one in identifying the perpetrator. The crew of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (Tbi) aircraft, equipped with a built-in camera, had reported being targeted by a laser in the same area. It was the night of August 11, 2021. At that point, officials located the source of the lasers and identified the 52-year-old at his Benton County home. 

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