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(NEW YORK) —  The pilots of two news helicopters said they were targeted by lasers in the New York area Wednesday night and the FAA is investigating the incidents.

The incidents came as the FAA confirmed that three aircraft were targeted by a laser in the Dallas area around the same time — two commercial jets and a private business jet.

The agency said that a chopper for ABC-owned station WABC-TV reported being targeted near Newark Airport at 5:20 p.m.

WNBC reported a strike about six miles southwest of LaGuardia Airport around 5 p.m., the FAA said.
The pilots of two New York City television news helicopters told the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that lasers were pointed at their aircraft tonight,” the FAA said in a statement. “The FAA notified local authorities and will investigate.”

According to WNBC, their chopper was heading to downtown Brooklyn to cover a story when they were targeted.

The station said that it zoomed in on the men pointing the laser, allowing authorities to take two people into custody.

It was not clear if the incidents were connected.

In the Dallas cases, the FAA said that all of the planes were flying around 3,000 to 4,000 feet and appeared to be targeted by a laser coming from 11 miles southwest of the airport.

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