A police helicopter responded, and it, too, was targeted multiple times by a laser pointer.
An Omaha man has been convicted in federal court of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft and faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced.
U.S. Attorney Deb Gilg says 30-year-old Michael Smith was convicted Wednesday. He is being held in federal custody until his sentencing on July 22.
Gilg says a Southwest Airlines pilot reported that a laser pointer was aimed into his cockpit as the airliner was landing on the morning of July 11. A police helicopter responded, and it, too, was targeted multiple times by a laser pointer. The pilot of the helicopter reported that he was temporarily blinded by the laser beam.
A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy testified that he found Smith in his backyard pointing the laser at aircraft.