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Cops: NY man spotlighted plane landing at airport

MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) -- State police say they've charged a 49-year-old man with shining a powerful spotlight at a small passenger plane as it was landing at a northern New York airport.

Troopers say the Cape Air flight from Albany was approaching Massena International Airport around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday when a bright light illuminated the cockpit of the twin-engine Cessna 402 with a pilot, co-pilot and four passengers on board.

Police say the light made it difficult to land the plane but the pilot was able to do so safely.

Troopers later charged Michael Euto him with reckless endangerment.

Police say he told them he trained an 18-million candle-power spotlight on the plane from his backyard near the airport to identify lights he saw above the trees.

Euto is free on $10,000 bail. Police didn't know if he has a lawyer.