Pope plane hit by laser beam over Mexico City

Posted at 8:55 AM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 10:55:36-05

Pope Francis' plane was struck by a laser beam as it approached Mexico City International Airport last Friday, Alitalia airlines said today.

The captain, Massimiliano Marselli, alerted air traffic control, "which is standard procedure," according to Alitalia, which operated the papal charter plane.

No one on the flight, Alitalia 4000, was harmed, and the plane landed without incident, the airline said.

Several other pilots in the area also reported laser strikes.

Lasers beamed at the cockpit can flash-blind pilots, potentially putting their planes -- and passengers -- at risk.