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. Steve

    This person posting as 'indigenous' is a fraud or very dangerous to peace and tranquility. If not a fraud then he/she must the the tip of the iceburg. If the community for which he/she speaks for does not route out this self-centered line of thought someone's liable to get hurt, martial law to follow, and the rights of many suspended or crushed. The U.S.A. is a done deal folks and this dispute over who was here first is childish. Working for each others mutual benefit should be the grassroots goal keeping the government out as much as possible.

    May 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bop

    @Rage – just let us know where you a killing them – we could power a small city if you will help

    May 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob


    I'll continue to support the absolute shutdown of illegal immigration over our border. I'll continue to support what I expect you to prove before I'll EVER talk about any form of amnesty. I'm not going to work against you if you really want to secure the border.

    What I suspect though, is another "comprehensive" immigration reform where we get amnesty today while promising secure borders later on. Just like last time. Sorry, won't fall for that one again.

    "What about National Security Goals must be met before implementation of any program?"

    Sounds great, as long as it's proven that we have stemmed the flow of illegals over the border. We can't go for amnesty and a future promise of border protections later on. That happened last time and look where we ended up.

    May 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dan

    I have formulated this complex equation for people to better understand.

    Mexican-American War of 1846 = winner = victor gets spoils

    winner = US

    US = owns land now = Mexicans have to play by our rules

    May 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RighteousRage

    "ok now – am rethinking this – I think we are forgetting the best renewable energy source we have – wetbacks. I propose we build a large furnace, burn all the wetbacks and recover the energy. How many homes can a wetback light up?


    Posted by: Bop

    If Americans truly think and believe like this man, which as of yet, I see that they do, than that doesn't give Mexicans much of an alternative but to pick up their ak-47's and bring up their cousins from the Sinaloa, Tijuana, Juarez, and Gulf Armies.

    May 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cris

    So how can you all explain why my great aunt's husband, an Apache indian, was deported back to Mexico back in the 50s? Some of you said that presidents during that era cleansed the US of illegal immigrants, but they also deported Natives, and don't tell me is not true because I have proof from him a Native American that was deported. By the way there are still tribes along the border that share land between Mexico and the US.

    This is something I pulled up:
    Many parts of the Americas are still populated by indigenous Americans; some countries have sizeable populations, such as Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, and Ecuador. At least a thousand different indigenous languages are spoken in the Americas. Some, such as Quechua, Guaraní, Mayan languages, and Nahuatl, count their speakers in millions

    May 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. One Eyed Willie

    You guys also gave the world landscaping and the concept of squeezing 7 people in a Toyota Tercel. Indigenous sucks.

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

    Drug drop. They used to use toy remote control planes and crash them in specified places on the other side of the border with a kilo of drugs or so in them. Now, they seem to be getting more high-tech, cheaper in the long run.

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

    Steve, why are you going after indigenous instead of after bop? Indigenous has done nothing but argue for the humane treatment of INDIGENOUS Mexicans. You have done nothing but condone the continued oppression of these indigenous Mexicans, and by not criticizing bop, you are also condoning once again as your ancestors did, the mass murder of innocent Mexicans. You Americans are worse than the Nazi's in your ideology! God Damn Americans to Hell!

    May 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Reality


    I believe those people should be killed. They are criminals they don't represent the group of "illegals" that I am talking about. There exists bad seeds in every society/group of people.
    I'd say to hell with human rights the criminals are dogs and they should die like dogs but then there would be a fog of war, if you will. Where would you stop? You'd become a Hitler...

    May 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bop

    All we need to do is clear out all the wetbacks in Mexico – think of the wonderful vacation land we will have. My idea is to take all the redneck hunters in the US and send them to Mexico. Give them 10$ a head. Come on folks.

    May 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |

    All these people decrying Mexicans as drug criminals seem more interested in attacking brown skin rather than their neighbors who do the drugs.

    May 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nuthin But the Truth

    It seems to me that if we were to actually embrace illegal aliens, so they could enter into the U.S. to work, we wouldn't need to waste the time and money that we do. And by embracing them, we could do something as basic as charging any individual WITHOUT a U.S. citizenship double the normal amount (or more) for social security which would be used to help fund our nation's SS. Additionally, any person who is NOT a U.S. citizen would only be allowed to draw 25% of a normal SS check upon retirement...and maybe only for a maximum of five or ten years max.
    It's obvious that there are huge numbers of jobs here in the U.S. needing people to fill those jobs that NO ONE in the U.S. wants to fill so we should let anyone who does want the jobs, including illegal aliens, to fill those jobs as long as we have some method of protecting or supplementing the SS funds. By allowing non-citizens to cross into the U.S. to perform work, seasonal or otherwise, would help to stabilize payroll as well.
    Just a thought...

    May 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob

    "If Americans truly think and believe like this man, which as of yet, I see that they do, than that doesn't give Mexicans much of an alternative but to pick up their ak-47's and bring up their cousins from the Sinaloa, Tijuana, Juarez, and Gulf Armies."

    LOL, dude, you guys would be wiped off the face of this earth so fast nobody would even blink.

    Anyway, nobody really thinks the way that this guy was saying, it was probably a joke or troll to get under your skin. Maybe some people do think this way, but to pretend as you do that, "Americans truly think and believe like this man" is ridiculous. Anyway, do whatever you want. It will be hilarious to see your "army" wiped out in 2 seconds flat.

    May 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Someone

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

    You know Arizona shares a border with Mexico right?

    May 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
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