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. hope2012

    For the last time indigenous you are a moron, You fired on us first in Texas and then got owned in a war and lost Texas,New Mexico,Arizona, Colorado the rest we bought with a buffalo headed nickel, So please do us a favor and drown yourself in your toilet. Just like a Mexican to sale you something then break into your house and steal it. I am going to go play xbox indigenous gives me a headache.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Only in the USA would they use two F-16's that fly about Mach 2...to chase one ultralight at about 45 knots...LOL.

    PS. Doug #330. It's not the idiot that took the dogs home...the idiots are the ones that don't take proper care of the dogs in the begining, when they end up in the pound.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jgtennessee

    Jason, just responding to your early comment, "NORAD intercepts an ultralight from Mexico, but they couldn't intercept any of the four airplanes on 9/11? Posted by: Jason".

    NORAD didn't intercept the ultralight; they just noted the position, and as their job is to monitor the skies across our borders from airborne intruders, they notified the Air Force of the intrusion into U.S. airspace (not knowing what kind of aircraft had penetrated the airspace). In the case of 911, those were commercial aircraft being tracked via the FAA and their was no role at the outset for NORAD. However, NORAD was monitoring for foreign aircraft or other inbound aircraft after all aircraft were cleared from the skies.

    I hope this answers your comment well enough. It just appeared you might have had a misinterpretation of the purpose or function of NORAD.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    "All you morons posting comments about food stamps and welfare. Look at the statistics more white people on food stamps and welfare than others."

    Not to be a kill joy on your intentional misrepresentation of statistics or anything, but like 70% of the us population is white. I'd imagine it's not much of a stretch that more whites would be on it. The question is who uses them more when compared to their size. You know, what ratio and all that good stuff.

    "Also you rarely see minorities pan handling all over this nation that's right their white."

    Same as above. I'd HOPE there are more whites out there panhandling seeing as how there's 70% of 300 million people who are white. It'd look pretty bad if there were more minority panhandlers out there when they only represent like 30%...

    May 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bud

    F-16 has to hang his flaps WAY down to "shadow" an Ultralight.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ALEJANDRO

    My best friend's wife is Brazilian (granted, not Mexican, but Latino I think?) If she has any native in her and european then she's mestizo like the rest of mexicans.......if she is pure red blooded european then she's european......there are more mestizos in brazil though

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

    Look at all the racist , ignorant people leaving comments on here bc they have no real arguement , just stereotyplical jokes and insults, sad .... I didnt know how many ignorant people are really out there until recently when my girlfriend (who's an american citizen) was speaking spanish to her mom on the phone . A man and his wife stopped her and told her to speak english , funny because she speaks english fluently. She told them "I speak english" and the wife of the biggot said "good I'm glad".... these are the 45-70 year old idiots that should think before opening their mouth.... And even funnier unlike there unitelligent A*88'8 she speaks two languages unlike these sorry excuses for people..... let me guess these are the people that say something like "out here in America we speak American" ....

    May 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Thurston Binkley

    Where the helll we gonna keep all the donkeys?

    May 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chaos

    "When is the govt gonna realize the terrorists use this border too. Not until the people make our politicians afraid."

    Actually its the Canadian border and your last sentence shows your predilection towards terrorist sympathy. A Timothy McVeigh supporter.

    That said, the southern border needs to be sealed but it has nothing to do with your arguments.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alessandro Cognomi

    I'm Mexican I live in the US (legally) but Lets be all honest, First people to be RACIST with there own people are MEXICANS. YES WE ARE, the illegal mexicans who are crossing the borders to the U.S are indians or indians decent, becausue Mexican Government is not able to provide them with rights and benefits so they can have a honest living in their own country. And now the Mexican goverment and others are complaining against the US why the don't provide this rights while their own government can't do it itself.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Doug

    Mike: So you're saying the USA should be taking care of Mexiico's people, before they try to make a run for the border? How does that make sense?

    Your anger is misdirected, be mad at your leaders in Mexico for not taking care of the country. And if you want to be truly accurate, be mad at the people of Mexico for not voting in good leaders, and/or revolting if the leadership is horrible.

    The USA paid its dues with the revolt from British rule.

    And if you are looking for handouts, we already have enough Americans on welfare, we don't need Mexico's.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. James

    They should've just shot it down. One less illegal crossing the border soon.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. indigenous

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im4iq4NKVlk&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

    May 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    Indigenous :My man you are an incoherent babbling buffoon. I am a Mexican Citizen born in Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico. I was seven when my dad’s company relocated him and had to move to New Jersey. Needles to say I have followed every single procedure down to the letter when it comes down to immigration. It is one thing to immigrate; it is another thing entirely to do so illegally. (Illegal being the operative word) I am currently a history major in Stanford, so I suggest you check some of your facts. Aztecs were really called the Mexicas. Never did they inhabit Arizona. In all honesty its people like you that give Mexicans a bad name. I am not “brown” like you say Mexicans have to be, I have light brown eyes too. So your stereotype is almost more offensive then anything any regressed racist could think up. I feel sorry for you and hope one day you can stop complaining about a land transaction that happened over 100 years ago and had no immediate impact upon you. Till then shut up and stop embarrassing the rest of us law abiding citizens.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thurston Binkley

    Fortunately it's legal in 46 states to kick "illegal" panhandlers in the face.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
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