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Laser Pointer Injures Air Ambulance Medic, Causes Emergency Landing

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- A medical evacuation helicopter on an emergency mission had to make an emergency landing on Friday after a medic was blinded by what is believed to have been a green laser pointer.

Federal officials are looking for the individual who shined the light, severely burning the medic. Michael Pruit, 30, suffered a "severe burn to his right eye."

ABC News' John Nance says that pilots are helpless in such situations, as "there is nothing that you can wear that's going to flash closed, so to speak, when it sees one of these things and then not let your eyes see it."

"You wouldn't think of a little green laser as having the power to bring down an airplane," Nance said, "but if you get the eyes of the pilot flash blinded at the wrong moment, you could end up killing 400 people."

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