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Reward offered in laser incident near BWI

MILLERSVILLE — Federal and state officials are offering a reward in the case of a laser beamed at a commercial aircraft approaching Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The FBI and Maryland Transportation Authority Police posted a $5,000 reward Monday for information leading to the arrest of the person who beamed the laser into the cockpit of the Southwest Airlines flight from Milwaukee, with more than 130 people on board, as it passed over Millersville around 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 20.

Officials say the pilot and first officer took their eyes off the instruments during final approach, but the aircraft landed safely. The FBI says the eyes of the pilot and first officer were injured and they were treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital and released.