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Laser beam incident forces New York-bound flight to turn around

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.