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. indigenous

    You say "what part of illegal don't you understand". I say, "What part of INDIGENOUS don't you understand". You say, "speak English", I say, "Speak Dineh, Nahuatl, Dakota, Apache, Mohawk, Cherokee, etc." You say, "deport the immigrants." I say, "you are the immigrants, deport yourselves."

    May 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Actually, you are also an immigrant. The human species migrated out of Africa. Your ancestors may have been here first, but you are not 'native' to North America. Besides, it is known that some indigenous tribes eradicated other tribes. The true racists are people like 'indigenous', whose entire reality is based upon a feeling of being a victim. The current people do not owe you anything. Your ancestors, maybe, but you, definately not.

      May 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      LOL! Well put indegenous... LOL.. Steve, your rebuttal is lame!

      May 17, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • The TRUF

      Just remember Tonto, we can play Cowboys and Indians again......

      May 17, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Christian

    This isn't anything new. This happens FREQUENTLY in Arizona. Usually it is drug related. The ultralights fly in a few miles, drop their cargo mid-air, and fly back. They know that the chances of them getting caught are slim-to-none because even if the Border Patrol or the military intercepts them with helicopters or jets, they aren't going to force it to land or crash.

    I'm sure that if one did crash (most likely accidentally due to interception policies), the pro-illegal immigration front would go crazy with a "poor guy who only wanted a better life, tragically MURDERED by U.S government".

    May 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • slowfly

      I still think it was an air assault by the mexican airforce.

      May 17, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Billy

    ..."We are not Immigrants, we are Indigenous People, that is why we call ourself Raza, because WE ARE THE PEOPLE, the FIRST NATION PEOPLE, ABORIGINAL AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE of this land.
    There is NOTHING Racist about "reconquest", it is only taking back what was stolen in the first place by White people.
    Posted by: indigenous"

    You are not very well informed. Who are you talking about... mexicans? Mexicans have never been indigenous to the USA. Now if you are talking apaches, navajo, hopi...etc Sure they are. You are not.
    What exactly is a white person? Are Spanish white? Are jews white? Are russians white? Are greeks white? Are light skinned latino's white?
    You are a fool.
    Besides, reconquest? LOL what are you going to do? You would be squashed in a matter of minutes. Stupid, uneducated = RAZA!

    May 16, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • itzjuswrong

      You idiot, we beat your slimy b*&ts in war and we are going to do it again.

      May 16, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • amanda

      Actually most of the Mexican population is indigenous to the America's and Yes the Spanish from Spain are for the most part white. If you are a light skinned latino you are either a white latino or a very mixed with white latino. Most Mexicans are American Indians but of the the Northern/central Americas as a matter of fact eskimos are Indians of North America too. I don't buy their argument that they have a right to be here in the USA illegaly that is nonsense. This country has borders and so does theirs. If you go back far enough we all came from somewhere else and BTW there is some proof that whites were here before the supposed indigenous but were killed off or fled or their population was overun by those coming over the Bering Strait- the so called indigenous thousands of years ago. We Americans of whatever race or ethinicity can mow our own lawns and take care of our children we've done it for years without their help.

      May 17, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Christian

    Re: Indigenous

    You post referencing Native Americans made me laugh. They immigrated here too. No one is truly a 'Native' American.....they've just been here longer.

    May 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • morgan painter

      No mention was made of the millions of $$$$ paid to Mexico in the 1800's for the lands of TX, AZ, & NM. Forget indigenous, the land was paid for.........

      May 17, 2010 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
    • The Texan

      True but a large portion of land US bought was from the Republic of Texas. Not Mexico.

      May 17, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Deborah

    How did this plane get all the way to Arizona? I thought we protected our borders. Don't forget 9/11!

    May 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • itzjuswrong

      AriZona is trying to protect our state and borders. It's just too bad that all the idiots in this country think it is okay for the federals to ignore the law. Arizona is taking back our state, law by law. First, concealed weapons, then illegal immigration, and there is a law being drafted that will require anyone wanting to be on a ballot in ARIZONA to provide a Legal U.S. birth certificate. (Not a certificate of birth) They are totally different. Anyone years ago could request or was even given a certificate of birth. The governments used to believe people, now we require more than a request for a certificate of birth. And with all the computer technology out there, if the a*& in the W H had a BIRTH CERTIFICATE, it would have been all over the internet by now.
      Arizona is for AMERICANS. PERIOD.

      May 16, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hendrik

      You, sir/mam, are a true idiot. Let us all be scared of the black man in the White House! Birth certificates, blah, blah, blah

      May 17, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jonas

    Contrary to the comments about this being a racism issue, it is an issue about breaking our laws. I resent that ILLEGALS hide an umbrella labled immigration. . . What part of the word "ILLEGAL" don't they understand???

    If they have no respect for our laws when they enter our country, how can we expect them to follow our laws once here???

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

    You say "what part of illegal don't you understand". I say, "What part of INDIGENOUS don't you understand". You say, "speak English", I say, "Speak Dineh, Nahuatl, Dakota, Apache, Mohawk, Cherokee, etc." You say, "deport the immigrants." I say, "you are the immigrants, deport yourselves."

    everyone in all lands are immigrants if you go back far enough. You are a fool.
    Do you even know where those tribes were located?
    Didnt think so. Go use the free education to get a brain.
    So history question for ya....what indigenous people did the Aztecs force out?

    Im waiting.
    Oh wait you are a ignorant fool.

    May 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • itzjuswrong

      Billy, you must have been educated (though I doubt you have had any education) The Aztecs did not live in America. What a total jerk. we beat your country fair and square in war and by GOD, Arizona is going to do the same thing again. Be afraid, be very afraid, because we are taking you down...Illegal by Illegal!!!

      May 16, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hendrik

      @itzjuswrong, Wow, you won it in a war you say? You belong in Montana in the mountains, lamenting the fall of the rule of white people. Run on back now you flipping bigot.

      May 17, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Richard Penny

    Are you Stan's brother? HMMM, use the Minutemen to secure the border...........that is a vote I'd be for. Maybe then, our border patrol whould't have to waste a bullet on the drug smugglers.
    The only native American's are Indian and what the government did to take there land was deplorable. Now though, there are laws in place to help Native Americans....we need matter of fact laws to force anyone wanting to come to the USA to do it legally. Our borders aren't closed and never will be. Just do the right freakin' things!

    May 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. indigenous

    Christian: Sice you admitted that as "Native" we were here first, that gives Mexicans MORE of a historic, cultural, linguistic, and anthropological right to be in Arizona. Mexicans have been here for thousands of years, how long have you Wasichus been here?

    May 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. indigenous

    Billy, you are so ignorant in your American moronoic ideology that you know nothing about Aztecs. The Comanche, Hopi, Shoshone, Paiute, Goshiute, O'Odham ARE AZTEC and they still live in the USA, the Mexicans were a BRANCH of the Aztec that migrated to Central Mexico after being pushed out by the Athabaskan Dineh and Apache. Go learn something.

    May 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Balzac

    Deborah, do you have any idea where Arizona is in relation to the Mexican border? Just curious.

    May 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. indigenous

    Lexico-statistic Glottochronology of the Mexican indigenous languages shows that they are older thatn 5,000 years old, in specific the language of Nahuatl, which originated in the Southwest. Mexicans aren't invading, they are migrating as they have for thousands of years, as the Mohawk have been doing also between Canada and the US and the Blackfeet and the Kickapoo and the Kiliwa and the Yaqui and the O'Odham. The ONLY Illegal Immigrant I see is the one with Blue Eyes telling me I can't be in the land of my Indigenous forefathers.

    May 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Billy

    Mexicans have not been here...the american southwest for rthousands of years.
    You have no "right" to be here. You lost! Period.

    Im sure I can track my family history back much further than yours. But then I have a brain raza fool.

    May 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Billy

    Indigenous . Another asinine comment.
    I am actually am American Indian what you would call indigenous. i am also European, as you are if you are Mexican. So does that mean I have a right to be here? Even if I have blue eyes?

    May 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. indigenous


    The fact that you said "you lost" indicates that you KNOW we were here first you moron. What did we lose? Our Land, after you Anglo-Europeans invaded in mass immigration. You see dude, we are Indigenous, we are related to the Hopi through language and ethnicity, to the Paiute from Oregon and the Shoshone likewise. I'm sure you can track your family history back farther than Hitler Germany and Europe.

    May 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
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