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. karek40

    It is not about white or brown skin and there are not that many back breaking produce jobs in the U.S. None in Oklahoma. It is about illegals, criminals coming across our borders. It is about our emergency rooms being filled with those that do not pay for them. It is about our schools being filled with students whose parents have not paid taxes. It is about the sovereignty of our borders.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Isn't the issue on this article really about a plane crossing into our airspace without an authorized flight plan? Get off your damn high horses and read the friggin article.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. tori

    Who's that midget that use to say "De Plane De Plane?"

    May 17, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Juan

    Waste my tax money on grenades?? Naw id rather buy my family some tortillas instead. Sorry obama no denero!!

    May 17, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. rage

    Why don't you Racist White people just go back to Europe? You would be much happier where there are no Mexicans, only more White people. You see, Mexicans are indigenous to North America, you can't deport us out of our own continent, our history goes back to Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza and Palenque and Aztec Chaco Canyon. You know that corn that you pilgrims ate for your thanksgiving meal? IT CAME FROM MEXICO

    May 17, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • The Texan

      One question, if you're so indigenous, why do you speak Spanish?

      May 17, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • DB Cooper

      Mexicans are not indigenous. They are half European. Spaniards plus indios and what do you have? Mexicans! Unless you are Aztec or Maya or from any of the small bands of indios you can find in any plaza in any Mexican village selling trinkets to foreigners because their Mexican overlords discriminate against them and essentially keep them from the good jobs, you are not indigenous.

      May 18, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff H

    Here's another solution. Get in line. If you're a mob crashing the gate, the monitor puts you in line, everyone calms down and entry is orderly and accountable. That's what happened at Ellis Island. You can't blame Mexico for Mexicans wanting a better life. Look at the Irish, Asians and east Europeans for example. Once immigration is sanctified by the Feds and a que in place there will be a way to control and monitor immigration. That's better than death in the desert. Congress get off your butt.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Drew

    Oh that's great. How many millions did that cost us?! An ultralight- a chainsaw powered airplane is a threat?

    May 17, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • DC

      Even if it was only an ultralight, the government had to scramble the jets. All it would take to launch a bio attack would be such an aircraft with a load of dried anthrax and a pilot fanatical enough to fly it.

      May 17, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. zunedog

    the federal government docent care why should we?had they cared we would not have fifteen million of them walk across,the border,and that's exactly what they did.they have no plan to stop it and probably never will,Arizonan tried but they cant even get backing from the nobama administration, so whats next? nothing we just let them ruin America like they ruined Mexico. now everyone lets hug.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. GetRealPeople

    Come on folks – 2 F-16s to intercept a ultra light craft? Screw the soap box drama of race, "my wants and needs" etc. Get to the issue at hand. Perhaps we need to look at how our taxes are being spent...that is thousands upon thousands of dollars to maintain and launch several multi-million dollar craft after a thousand dollar ultra light! I guess the pilots got some flight time and possible basic training in air intercept 101...but perhaps there is a less expensive and more effective way to do this! Give our border patrol some more funding, logistics and people/manpower to stand the guard at the borders. It doesn’t have to be multi-million dollar jets! For the price of maintaining that one jet, we could have funded several choppers and the border patrol workforce to maintain it while being able to deal with a more flexible and efficient tool to protect the Southwest Border. We are dealing with people afraid on both sides of the fence to include vicious people that carry light weapons…not a squadron of attack aircraft! Attack the problem...not the people! Cloud the process with bitter emotions, anger and or fear and one losses perspective to deal with the situation. Go find another thread or forum that addresses bigotry, race, social inequalities, etc... That wasn't in the "NORAD: U.S. jets intercept ultralight plane from Mexico" article...

    May 17, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. RufusVonDufus

    The white/brown immigrant/citizen argument being argued on this board can most easily be explained this way: Brown mostly is represented by illegal Mexican aliens whereas white is represented by legal immigrants from all over. Legal/illegal sort of ends the argument. Those of you supporting the illegals should be sent back with them once the citizens of this country have had enough.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tom

    To indigenous...Wow talk about revisionist history. Where in the heck did YOU go to school? No tribes wiped out other tribes? Hate to break it to ya but EVERY single so called native tribe wiped out or absorbed another tribe to become the tribes that whites "wiped out". Your "people" were no more native than the whites who live there now. Most of the people on this continent looked like the Inuit of Alaska with Asian looking faces, not red skinned South Americans with round eyes who got much of their color from the blood of invading Spaniards. The nomadic tribes from South America along with the tribes who's bloodlines had been changed by Spanish conquest slowly conquered or completely wiped out the so called "native' tribes. So it's complete nonsense that whites wiped out "innocent" tribes. Those same tribes did it to the previous residents...whether you revise it or not. Such is the story of man going back to our very first ancestor. It's the same reason the Palestinians have zero ground to stand on. Their side picked a fight, started a war, got their heads handed to them, and maps were rewritten, just like they were for the formation of every single country in the history of civilization.

    On the Mexican thing....more revisionist history. Santa Ana picked a fight he couldn't win and much like any war to the victor go the spoils. We didn't start the fighting, your guy did, we merely finished it. Oh and enough of the bunk about we stole their land. No we LEGALLY purchased it. Legal as in not against any laws, something folks like you would do well to get familiar with as it's the crux of this matter. Oh and the real comedy in that point on your behalf is that the Mexicans had just won their independence from Spain not long before the war, it's OK then but when the people in Texas had had enough and tried to declare their own independence that didn't fly did it? So when was it good for people from that region to declare...can't have it both ways. The fighting only got ugly with real armies battling when Santa Ana decided to set those Texicans straight. He gets captured and sells, like I said, to the victor go the spoils.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • The Texan

      Thats exactly right Tom. Has every one forgotten that Texas was its own country? The Texans won their freedom from Mexico the only way it could. Texas didn't become a state until 1845 and was much larger than current day Texas. Selling large portions of land to the US due to large debts. Texans were made up of Spaniards, Mexicans, Native tribes and assorted Europeans. So it wasn't all white people.

      May 17, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. pat

    ...there wouldnt be any protests if these people came here LEGALLY...why should they get to stay if they do not follwo the LAW

    May 17, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. joe

    We did steal your land. Your right. But we made it so much better than it was. If you kept it than what? You would still be screwing it up wanting to get into other parts of the world becase your government sucks. Not my fault. And for the reccord Taco Bell is an american made company, with food standards and health laws. It is not a fast food store with rotten meat bought from a street corner. No one orders original rotten meat mexican food. You sell it and make it in America. There for it is american food. If you do not like how your treated than go get your citenzship. No one has ever said you can not. You do not see americans trying to sneak into your country to live unless they are criminals, that, to me just says riff raf always finds a way to live together. You do not like it, trust me no one has ever said you have to stay, you choose to right? So stop making us suffer becasue you can not stand up to your own country. If you really love your culture and want to support it why not fight for it instead of fighting to live somewhere else? It is not my fault, and I should not have to suffer for your countries problems. There are 40 reported murders in NOGALES a month, it only has 1600,000 people. There is an average of 30 in NEW YORK with a poplation of 8 million!!..... Stay in your country and Kill yourselfs not us, we did not make your country, as a whole, ignorant, you did it to yourselfs, and your continue to do it in our counrty. You want a free ride? Well fight for it in your own country. You messed it up, fix it.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. rage

    RufuDufus, stopt being a dufus. Mexicans are brown because they are Native Indigenous people, Whites are alien invaders. You need to go back to Europe!

    May 17, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. rage

    Joe,
    you made our stolen land better? Are you that ignorant, just look at the Gulf that bears our name, the Gulf of MEXICO, you morons ruined the habitat with your spilled oil. Look at the millions of roads you have put on our land, destroying natural ecosystems and natural habitat. What did you make better? you have made our land a toxic waste with all your manmade chemicals. My country has been occupied since 1848, you want a free ride? go back to Europe and fix the Euro there. We have the right to live on our own land, you have a right to go back to Europe and deport the Russians if you like, but this was, is and will always be OUR LAND, currently occupied since 1848.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • The Texan

      You've been occupied a lot longer than 1848. Why do you think you speak Spanish? Why do you think Brazil speaks Portuguese? All lands have been conquered one time or another. Including Europe. You are not special. Its human nature. Your bloodline is as mixed as mine.

      May 17, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
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