Someone has been flashing pilots with lasers in the Statesboro area, and federal agents are looking for the culprits.
The complaints were first made to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, but the issue transferred to a division of the Georgia State Patrol and is not being handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said GSP Capt. Kirk McGlamery.
Sheriff’s deputies received calls about a United Parcel Service (UPS) airplane pilot reporting being “flashed” by a green laser as he traveled towards the Statesboro airport.
More recently, an Air Evac helicopter pilot reported a similar incident, according to sheriff’s reports.
Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said both incidents occurred near the Ogeechee River — one near Statesboro close to the Screven County line and the other near Stilson.
Flashing an aircraft with a laser is a crime and can blind the pilot, he said. Both times, the laser used was green in color. “That’s unusual,” he said. Most lasers are red.
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to place a confidential call to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department at (912) 764-8888.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.