A Westjet Boeing 737-800, registration C-FZRM performing flight WS-1948 from St. John’s,NL (Canada) to Orlando, FL (USA), was descending through 10,000 feet towards Orlando’s International Airport, about to cross above the approach path for Orlando Sanford, when the aircraft was hit by a green laser causing injuries to one of the pilots.
The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Orlando’s runway 17L about 15 minutes later.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office reported the pilot received burns to his eyes. The crew could not locate the source of the laser due to the risk of exposure.
The FAA reported the aircraft was descending through 10,000 feet when it was hit by a green laser, the crew could not locate the source due to the risk of additional injuries.
The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 11 hours before returning to service.