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. Harald

    I'm from Sweden. You Americans are funny. You squabble over illegal immigration, but you don't do anything about it. You guys are just full of talk. Having uncontrolled immigration can have serious consequences. US is a great country, but you guys need to get your priorities ins check because you guys are starding to drop the ball in terms of being a superpower. To the outside world, you are still a superpower, but you are beginning to lack the money to make things happen; beginning to lose influence on the world stage.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. DB Cooper


    Do you have to capitalize every letter? It makes it tough to read and you may actually make a good comment one of these days that I would like to see.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. DB Cooper

    Mexican is not a race but a culture/nationality. You should have stayed in school and paid attention.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Harald

    Pancho, Russia, Iraq or other country does not have capability to invade USA. American homeland can't be invaded by conventional warfare. You have a large ands well trained military also you Americans have lots of guns and large population. You have giant police force. That's why contries hide behind thir nukes like Russia when dealing with US. And China too.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. PANCHO VILLA 2010


    May 17, 2010 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. indigenous

    Harald, The U.S. got their asses kicked in Vietnam, Irak, and looks like it's happening in Afghanistan, what makes you think that they will be able to fight modern-day Mexicans when they haven't been able to stop them? Have you seen the Mexican military lately, they are freakin scary!

    May 17, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
    • hugh jorgan

      What's "scary", Indigenous, is that it sounds like you actually believe the BS that you write............

      May 17, 2010 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. stevenabb

    I wanted a really cool Youtube video of a figher jet blasting an Ultralight, Damn.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. GAFE


    May 17, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Harald

    The reason you lost war ins Vietnam, Iraq, is because of the lack of support from American civilians. People are against the war. A nation can't win a war with at least 75% support from public. No, I havent seen the military in Mexico.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. MEDZ

    Has anyone considered the fact that Hispanics have already taken over? Minorities in general will be the majority in just a few years. It's kinda like when a DAM Breaks its like dang! We can try to stop it really cant contain it.

    Point is. Hispanics have $1Trillion Dollars in spending power. Theres also a large Hispanic Political Alliance.. Did you know that %70 of Hispanics in America Voted for Obama.

    There is a large Hispanic population in the military and in Government.

    There are is a large community of very successful Hispanics working for Large Corporations in America

    There is a large community of new Black and Hispanic Mixed Kids
    There is a large community of new Hispanic and White Mixed Kids..

    I can go on..but..

    I understand that some Americans are upset that all this is all unfolding before them and there is nothing that can be done..

    All we can do is accept it and be apart of this ever shifting culture of ours.

    I understand that immigrants are an easy target because they cant speak good english or read the language..kinda like blacks way back when..ya'll know what I'm talking about.. U.S. use to kill them for being different

    Point is... If America Really Wanted to do something they would hand out millions of pink slips to employees across america..why hasn't this happened? well America would lose Trillions of Dollars!

    What? Its not like your gonna put on the Garden Gloves and start Trimming... Right?

    Or Get Behind the Drive Thru window to serve your morning coffee?

    Or Manufacture your new products..

    Build your homes, Roads, FreeWays, Buildings..

    Land of opportunity? Maybe not for all.

    Americans say " They are killing our Healthcare! Too much lost $$"

    Still no where near the amount lost if all those immigrants were given pink slips.

    Point is some sick twisted way, Hispanics help carry Americas economy..and help more then hurt.

    Maybe its all the unclaimed income Tax That America Receives from immigrants?

    This whole topic is crazy to me. But I come from an immigrant mother who's dream was for their kids to have an education and the opportunity to compete with other americans in society.

    I am a successful in communications and produce music for major TV networks.

    I pay taxes, I am married to an attorney who is black and we have a child.

    We Pay taxes just like everyone else..

    I think we should focus on staying healthy and caring for one another...wait this is america..not gonna happen..

    So on with my day..

    May 17, 2010 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. MusashiOne

    This is what I don't get about the immigration issue.
    I have lived in this country for 25yrs as legal alien (green card).
    I love this country and I respect this country.
    But I don't see how these ILLEGAL immigrants come off acting like they have RIGHTS in this country.
    I guess they just don't understand the meaning of ILLEGAL!!
    For one, it is a privilege to be here as an immigrant.
    If you are not a citizen of this country and here illegally, you don't have rights nor deserve rights of any kind.
    Also if you are here illegally, you have already disrespected this country and it's law.
    Where do you come off demanding "rights" of any kind when all you do is take, take, take.
    If you really respect this country and its' people, you should go about the legal route in order to come and stay in this country.
    If you are so damn proud of where you've came from, why don't you go back and try to make it better instead of coming into another country and take and demand everything?
    At the end, you all are here because your own country suck so much that you just had to get out.
    Come in legally or get the hell out!!
    It makes us legal immigrants look bad.
    BTW, stop flying your countries' flags at the rallies, that's just plain disrespect.
    Do you want Americans coming to your country and demand rights, fly US flags, and speak English?
    I bet you don't.
    When there's no respect to begin with, what the heck do you expect?
    You should thank this country for letting you be here and take advantage of many wonderful things that this country offer.
    If anybody enters another mans property unannounced, you will and should be shot!!
    I'm not saying that Illegals should be shot, but they need to understand that they are violating another man's country.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bill Thorp

    The problem of illegal immigration is simple: legalize it.
    The problem of immigrants coming in and taking your jobs is simple: get an education and a skilled trade.

    The problem isn't the illegals, it's the lazy Americans who want to overcharge for what anybody off the boat can do.

    May 17, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. PANCHO VILLA 2010


    May 17, 2010 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. indigenous


    That's because your ancestors haven't lived here for thousands of years like the ancestors of Mexicans who are INDIGENOUS. What part of indigenous don't you understand? Why should the Dineh, Apache, Hopi and other indigenous people have to speak English? They have their own language. Mexicans are not immigrants like you who came here 25 years ago, Mexicans have been here for 5,000 years. Mexicans were here first and they sure as hell aren't going anywhere. Where do you expect them to go if the North America is their homeland?

    May 17, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. gafe


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