NEW YORK -- A New York-bound Virgin Atlantic flight had to return to London's Heathrow Airport after a laser beam was pointed at the plane, CBS New York reported.
The flight was heading to JFK Airport before turning around.
The airline said in a statement the jet was hit with a laser just a few minutes after takeoff and returned as a "precautionary measure."
"The safety of our crew and customers is our top priority and we apologize for any inconvenience to those onboard," Virgin Atlantic told CBS New York in a statement. "All customers will be offered overnight accommodation and we will get them on their journey as soon as possible."
An investigation into the laser beam incident is underway.