Providence, R.I. – A Warwick resident has been arrested for pointing a green laser beam at a plane landing at T.F. Green Airport on Wednesday. The laser beam temporarily blinded the pilot of the plane, which was below one thousand feet and was three miles from the airport.
Thirty-one year old Joseph Aquino said he fired the laser accidentally, but later admitted that he had pointed it at the plane. He also admitted to pointing the laser at a boat on the water and at a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana.
Aquino was arraigned in Kent County District Court and released on bail. Two times last month, pilots landing at TF Green reported seeing a green laser pointer flashed into their airplanes.