Airplane Crews Report Laser, Drone Above Jackson County, Georgia
JACKSON COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news story published at 11alive.com, airplane crews flying over Jackson County, Georgia, reported seeing a laser and a drone while in the air. These devices can both become dangerous for crew members and passengers of planes, and the sightings are under investigation.*
One of the sightings was reported at about 5 p.m. on January 27 by the crew of a CRJ700 airplane. PSA Airlines Flight 5490 was flying from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Little Rock, Arkansas, and was at an altitude of about 20,000 feet when the crew spotted a red drone. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was about 45 miles outside of Atlanta, Georgia, when this occurred.
On the same evening, at about 8:30 p.m., another plane reported seeing a laser as it was flying over Georgia. The crew of a MD-88 airplane was flying over Athens, Georgia, and over Jackson County, Georgia, when the laser was spotted. The crew of Delta Airlines Flight 2004 said a green laser was seen coming into the left side of the plan on two different occasions during the flight.
According to reports, the FAA alerted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to the drone sighting and the laser sighting, and the sheriff’s office opened an investigation into the matters. A deputy investigating the sightings reported seeing a drone near Howington Road and Jefferson River Road and by Cabin Creek Road and Water Works Road.
The same deputy also reported seeing a green laser but was unable to determine its location. No arrests have been made in relation to the two incidents. No one on either flight was harmed.
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