May 16th, 2010
03:21 PM ET

NORAD: U.S. jets intercept ultralight plane from Mexico

Two F-16 military fighter jets intercepted an ultralight aircraft that flew into Arizona from Mexico on Sunday and tracked it until the ultralight returned to Mexico, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said.

A statement by the NORAD command center in Colorado said the ultralight crossed into U.S. airspace just after 6 a.m. Arizona time (9 a.m. ET).

The F-16s were launched to intercept it, and they shadowed it for 30
minutes before the ultralight returned to Mexico, according to the NORAD
statement. No other details were immediately available.

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  1. TeaPartyZealot

    So basically, the drug dealers received escort by our USAF F16's, while they air-dropped their drugs into the US. Then as a courtesy, we escorted them back to Mexico.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |

    Hey Chinanos, quit fighting over this land, who cares if they took it over......"white racist" tend to forget that their Melting Pot of America will turn brown as well.....south america, central america, mexico and now the great United give it some time

    This is whole situation is not about race.....South America, Central America, Mexico and now the great melting pot (The United States of America) is turning brown .... its inevitable and its noT my agenda or anyone. LA RAZA, just wants hispanics to know their true history, but fail to realize that America will have its own history, It will be full of Mestizos.....not just native and spanish, but of asian and white, white and black...........America belongs to the colored!

    It is inevitable America will turn brown.

    South America

    Central America


    May 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peace and Quiet

    We are not falling for your "pitiful" images:
    The illegal alien college student who has been fleecing the U.S. for the last 16 years. Deport her NOW.
    The Mexicans looking for "political asylum."
    Leave my First Lady alone. She has done too much for you ingrates already.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. stormy74

    Hurray hope2012! Right on the money!

    May 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. objectivity

    Good day to all, this is very dissappointing to see people hating each other....white vs all or all vs white.... first of all what is a white person? as far as i know that is a social construct there is not such thing as a white person, white is a color, second what is a person of color? i hear this often so are these people implying that there are people who look like glass?? that they are transparent? this is very disturbing every human and every living thing has color so this idealogy of people of color is pure nonsense and a imaginary social construct. i would like for you to show me someone not of color....THAT DOES NOT EXIST, also mexican IS NOT A RACE IT IS A NATIONALITY, HISPANIC... GOD KNOWS WHERE THAT CAME FROM AGAIN ANOTHER SOCIAL CONSTRUCT THAT IS REALLY NOT FACTUAL. you people need to apply something called the SCIENTIFIC METHOD BEFORE YOU START SPEWING HIGHLY SUBJECTIVE COMMENTS, MAYBE THIS WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE. and stop caling other people white or black etc..... this is again imagenary and a social construct that is a fundamental idealogy fueling racial hate.. this is very simple concept APPLY OBJECTIVITY AND SCIENTIFIC METHOD and you will understand things more clearly. AND SO WHAT IF EUROPEANS INVADED YOU KNOW WHAT... THEY WERE SMARTER AND WERE PREPARED... they are not a superior people they were just tactical the natives failed to realize this and paid the price of being too friendly.... if they had a strong leader and were prepared then maybe they wouldn't have been oppressed. again SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST...

    May 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. indigenous


    I thought you knew this man. the dea and the cia are making killer profits from the so-called drug war in Mexico.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JC

    Waste of time. A helicopter would have been more effective, and far more safe. Sure, the jets could ram the ultralight or try to get close (stupid and unlikely), or they could shoot at it (where do the bullets go?), but that's about it. Pretty stupid use of aircraft, actually. Heck, a crop duster with a large "Go Home!" sign in plastic trailing behind would have worked better. Anyone feel safer because the government sent fighter aircraft after a hang glider with a motor?

    May 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lance

    On a less serious note, this article reminds me of a Simpsons episode where Side show Bob steals the wright brothers plane.

    "Just then, two Air Force F-14s take off to intercept bob. However they overshoot the wrightbrothers plane and the pilots suggest they get out and walk."

    It was right before this clip.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ben

    Re: Indigenous....When you reconquer the southwest, what are you going to do with it?
    The same thing you did to Mexico?
    Question: What is Mexicos immigration policy as it pertains to people trying to enter their country from the south?
    Anyone care to venture an answer?

    May 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. francisco

    why so much hate on all of you guys Mexicans and white or any color of skin?we all are brothers and sisters just like the bible said GOD made Adam and Eve and from them every human person, stop hateing your brother lets live in peace and show our children that we love them and we are here for them God prevent a catastrophi here in the US because that's the only way we are giong to understand we need each other and we will help who ever needs help.we all are sons of GOD and our children are the future of this earth,please let's help eachother and let's fight together for a vetter future of this countryAMERICA is about good people,I m a mexican and I love the land of my children and I will fight to defend it too but this is not the way to fix you all and GOD be with all of us

    May 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. zephyrwinds

    a simple story of an intercepted plane from mexico and some of you have gone berserk. The hatred spouted toward each other and the total ignorance of some of the arguments are shocking.
    Not olnly do we have a problem with illegals, but, an enormous problem with drugs coming across the border. I suggest those of you who want all the illegals and drugs in the country, get a map and look at where Arizona is.
    You spout of how we need to be like other countries when you want nationlized healthcare, well, how about spouting you want an immigration policy like Mexico and the rest of the world. Apparently you have never been out of your state and maybe your back yard. Come on folks get sensible and calm down.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    stormy74. Wrong! In legal terms, cecession precedence has already been set. It was set between the years of 1861-1865 by Abe Lincoln. There isn't going to be any cecession. An attempt could be made through a vote, that's how it was tried in the south, but that attempt would end in a localized insurgency, quickly put down and rue the country that tries to interfeer. Like I said, nobody owns the land. Not anyone who came here 400 years ago nor anyone who came here 10,000 years ago. You live on it, you build it, you protect it. You try to take it, I fight back. You win, you live here, I win, you leave.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. indigenous


    Actually, Mexican is an ETHNICITY first and foremost, and a Nationality second. The Nahua are ethnically Mexican, and there are still 2 million speakers of Mexican, also called Nahua. As to survival of the fittest, if you want to believe that hogwash I could claim that White people are not really that fit then, because they have not been able to give a single Mexican a fight in a boxing ring. Why is it that Mexicans beat White people in the boxing ring? survival of the fittest? hogwash, it has to do with training and conditioning. You are right though, Race is a socio-cultural construct.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. machina70

    It's interesting how many produce born infections are being spread into the food supply in the last few years.

    Perhaps using the people that pick and prepare our food supply as an enemy target isn't the brightest move.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thurston Binkley

    The new reality show "The Mexicants" starts tomorrow. Has a real Sanford n Son/Real Housewives/Jackasz motif. I hear Archie Bunker guest stars on Episode One.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
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