NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The FBI is hunting for suspects in the Long Island area they say have been pointing laser pointers at planes landing at JFK Airport.

Federal officials say there has been a recent spike in the number of laser pointer incidents near JFK; shining a blue light into the cockpits of inbound flights.

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Investigators are now looking for the person or people who have been doing this and say they believe the suspects are somewhere around Roslyn, New York.

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Whoever has been shining their laser at the pilots has been flirting with a mid-air disaster as the FBI says pilots on board those planes have suffered eye injuries from the intense light.

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“Pointing a laser at an aircraft presents danger to pilots, passengers, and those on the ground,” federal officials said in a statement Thursday.

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“This crime is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, or both.”

Due to the nature of the crime, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York is leading the search for suspects.

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Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or dial 911. All tips can remain anonymous.