Updated at 12:08 p.m., Thursday, December 30, 2004
Bright light near airport bothers pilot
By Mike Gordon
Advertiser Staff Writer
Authorities couldn't say today, though, if the lights were part of a Christmas display.
The problem began just after midnight Monday when a pilot on a commercial flight from Los Angeles complained about "a very bright, bright light" near the airport, said Donn Walker, an FAA spokesman based in Los Angeles.
"I don't know if the bright light made it hard for him to see," Walker said today. "I don't know how well he was able to see because of the light. All I know is that it was bright enough for him to report it."
The flight landed safely, and Walker said he did not know if the pilot was ever in danger of losing control of the airplane.
But at the FAA's request, Honolulu police searched the area Monday night and found a likely source of the problem: a very blue and green floodlight from a home.
Authorities told the homeowner to unplug the light, Walker said.
Police then checked the area on two nights, including a noisy 11 p.m. helicopter search yesterday near Mariner's Ridge.
"We found nothing," police spokesman Brandon Stone said.
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