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. Peter

    1. What a waste of tax payer money – how much did that ultralight interception cost? F16 and jet fuel is not cheap. In the end, they can say they repelled the ultralight invasion but I'm sure they could have sent a cessna or even one of those predator drones.

    2. For all the immigration banter, I still like the T-Shirt that says defending "Fighting Illegal Immigration since 1845 with a Mexican flag." I think we should remember the Alamo and who barged into a sovereign nation and settled land without paying taxes or obeying the countries laws.

    2a. I also like the "Fighting Illegal Immigration since 1492" which has actual Native Americans.

    Get serious guys – most of the people ranting about illegal immigration have their roots in illegal immigration, not like the pilgrims landed with visa's.

    3. Most of those illegals are here because someone gave them a job (not in dealing drugs) in farming, construction, hospitality, food service, etc. We ask them to come here because we like our 99 cent burgers and $2 bucket of chicken.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peace and Quiet

    Oh, and I am NOT WHITE. I am an African American. I also am old enough to remember that while we were marching for civil rights during the 50's and 60's Mexicans were running around here being "white." I do not recall seeing ONE Mexican marching with us.

    No, Black folks have not forgotten that. And will not forgive it.

    Now, Mexicans keep trying to tie their "quest for illegal amnesty" problems to our civil rights struggle. FORGET IT. Leave us out of it.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. doubleR

    "NORAD intercepts an ultralight from Mexico, but they couldn't intercept any of the four airplanes on 9/11?"

    uh.....check the speed differential between an ultralight and a 757.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. brown

    Why was this plane which violated our airspace not forced to land?

    May 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. indigenous

    Matt, so you are saying then that Mexicans should fight for their land? You are espousing...what? We have always lived on it, we haven't gone anywhere, we are still here. If you want a fight let everybody else know so that Mexicans can get organized.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ALEJANDRO

    This story is dumb.
    These comments are dumb.

    La Reconquista? You won't get back what the white man has taken. Good luck with that.

    Posted by: Yenna

    They will slowly turn brown......if that really matters

    May 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fred

    An F-16 can fly at the same airspeed as an ultra-light? Wow.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Californian

    It's difficult not to be racist here in southern California. If you are living in San Diego and don't have at least some racist feelings, then you are totally oblivious of what's going on. People from other parts of the country, with the exception of New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas, don't know what it's like living with Mexican immigrants. They come to California thinking they can get a free ride, so they sign up for welfare. Our system can't support all these immigrants. They are the reason why the state is in such a terrible financial condition. San Diego used to be a popular travel destination, but it's not anymore. It's filthy. Whites are now a minority. It's slowly becoming like Tijuana. It's true that the Mexican immigrants themselves are racist; they intentionally do things to benefit themselves while leaving the whites at a total disadvantage. For example, it's a lot easier for a Mexican immigrant to get accepted into unversities such as SDSU, USD, UCLA, etc. than it is for a white person. Even though I have a college GPA or 3.7, I was rejected from SDSU, but Mexican immigrants who have GPA of 1.5 in high school are getting accepted. That's insane!!!

    May 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hope2012

    Haha you want to talk about fighting that a White guy vs a Mexican whites can not win rofl,
    Rocky Marciano White
    Jack Dempsey Jack Dempsy in his prime would knock the f*** out of just about any boxer in the ring.

    Tommy Morrison One of the best boxers of all time don't believe me look it up.

    Nikolai Valuev is 7 foot 297 pounds undefeated so stop spiting out your BS,

    May 16, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Justin A.

    @indigenous
    "Justin A.
    Indigenous people of all stock, from Pontiac to Sitting Bull to Geronimo ALL fought over land!"

    That's true. There was fighting among indigenous peoples and fighting between the indigenous and non-indigenous (e.g. Europeans).

    But who is fighting who doesn't lay any claim to who has the right to be on the land because our Mother has given the People (all peoples) the right to use the land. The only "rights" as to who many be on a particular piece of the Land are artificially created by some social contract among the People. These contracts are what created nations and gave these nations sovereignty over the land. Through this sovereignty, artificially granted by the People and not by our Mother, the nations are allowed to enforce who is allowed to be on the nation's land.

    So any claim that some particular group has an exclusive right to be on a particular part of the Land is not supported by our Mother, but is only supported by the social contracts agree upon among the People.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. indigenous

    peace and quiet. Black people were fighting for civil rights, we were fighting for self-determination, different fight. Did Black people ever join us when we took over Alcatraz? Where were you when we took over Santa Catalina islands. I think I am leaning more and more for a movement of independence against American occupation of indigenous land. All you Americans are immigrants to this land, 90% of us Mexicans are all indigenous.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peace and Quiet

    Oh, and I challenge ANYONE on this board to name ONE Mexican owned business in Los Angeles that has at least ONE African American employee. No? Guess what? They don't hire Blacks. Mexicans are some of the most racist people I have EVER seen.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ALEJANDRO

    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 States.....lol 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

    Mexico

    GIVE IT 500 YEARS LIKE MEXICO AND WE WILL ALL BE THE SAME COLOR NOW

    May 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ken

    They should have shot it down.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Iceman

    indigenous: news flash. You are not the indigenous people of this land. You speak a white mans language and you are at least part Spanish / European Spanish so you don't get to claim this land as yours. This is America and come here legally or get the hell out. What rights would I assume if I was illegal in Mexico? None at all. This is the issue completely.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
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