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. CaliGirl

    @Stan- AMEN!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. indigenous

    triumPatriot: This land has ALWAYS belonged to the Indigenous. It is currently being occupied by European Aliens who happen to be the majority for now, but not in 30 years. Richard, with the way you Americans think, maybe it's time Mexicans begin arming themselves also, and not just with Machetes. The bad guys are the Occupiers and the Haters, NOT those just trying to feed their families you moron.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Drugs

    The American Prohibition of Drugs is destroying lives and societies. Remember the old, failed prohibition of alcohol and the gangs and violence it created.
    This is actually another "THE WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLE"

    May 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TriumPatriot

    Indigenous complains about the genocide in the past and then talks about how 'what goes around comes around'. Hope he harbors no genocidal thoughts of his or her own.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. EdBnv

    I think Nevada and California should put up a fence to keep Arizonans out, and shoot them if they try to come here to gamble or go to the beach... or look for a job... or visit a relative.. Hell, keep the mormons out and put up a fence on their border too..

    May 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • chriscali

      Are you stupid or just high off the Mexican drugs

      May 17, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • afghan_mormon

      A border fence around the Mormons? There are 14 million Mormons worldwide including millions in Mexico. Where do you propose you put that fence?

      May 17, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • afghan_mormon

      BTW, since you brought up the Mormons, they have a book about where the "indigenous" people of these lands come from. It's actually less outrageous than the theory about brown people crossing a sheet of ice in Alaska walking down the coast and swimming for the islands in El Caribe.

      May 17, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Eliud


    You have rights based on the UN charter? That isn't much authority on which to hang one's hat. Could it be that your cause has clouded your logic?

    May 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. db

    It was Sunday for crying out loud. Pilots like to fly on Sundays no matter if it is an F-16 or an Ultrilight. You know all this nonsince about illegal immigration and drugs will not stop until they kill a US Senator or Congressman. Nothing ever changes until that happens. Just how much illegal activity can one do in an ultrilight, sure can't join the mile high high club or ship hundreds of pounds of drugs or even smuggle a gaggle of illegals across the Border. Probalby his internal GPS was off or he lost his navigation chart!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TriumPatriot

    triumPatriot: This land has ALWAYS belonged to the Indigenous. It is currently being occupied by European Aliens who happen to be the majority for now, but not in 30 years.

    So then this land does belong to a race? The Neo-Nazis told me the same thing.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MaMa

    Indigenous, seems you're the racist! Whites? Wow, you've got a lot to learn! Oh, Tuumba, by the way, ILLEGALS CAN'T VOTE!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. indigenous

    CaliGirl makes a good point. Which reminds me to ask all you Evangelical Rightwing Neocons, what part of "Thou Shalt not Steal" don't you understand? Stop stealing our lands and our natural resources. What part of "Thou shall not covet" don't you understand? Stop coveting our women, our land, our natural resources, our food (tomatos, chillies, chocolates, onions, etc.)

    May 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    Really people? An ultralight comes out of Mexico and everyone's first thought is "ZOMG ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT!!!1!one"

    Jesus, have Americans become this stupid?

    May 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. javier

    We have the same culture. Western. European. Remember Spain is in Europe too. We think just like you do? Why are you afraid? Morons. At least 25% of U.S. Marines are of Mexican dissent. We protect and fight for this country more than you do, percentagewise of course.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. crich1979

    Yeah for the two F-16 planes about time they do their jobs. It could have been a bad person that happen to steal a plane in Mexico and was going to fly into a building or whatever. I can careless where this plan came from it still crossed into the United States and if two F-16 were scrambled out to get it mean most likely it was not communicating with air traffic controllers. In my honest opinion it should have been shot down any plane regardeless that it takes off from the US, Canada, China, Cuba, Hell, etc should be shot down if it don't apply with FAA regulations.
    Now for for the racist comments....I personally believe everyone should be able to live in the USA, however do it right and don't be illegal about it and don't break the law. If you break the law you should pay for it doesn't matter if you Chinease, Mexican, Muslum, Cuban, white, black, or green. You should pay for breaking the law and being illegal. DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME and be like ALL law obeying citizens....Oh yeah and stop playing the racist card, it's really geting old. You have blacks, gays, muslims, and hispanics all crying..."your racist, your racist" Grow up people and stop using it as an excuse!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jason

    But your whole 'indigenous' argument really is moot.

    Human beings have been migrating throughout various continents and the entire planet for tens of thousands of years. This is human nature.

    The fact is that modern nations have been formed by conquest of one form or another. The native Americans battled with each other as well. Their existence was not as much of the idyllic utopia that some are led to believe.

    Don't foment violence. Because if it comes to that, I can guarantee that the bulk of the suffering will be bore by those who attempt any 'reconquest'.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CaliGirl

    The fact that these comments are being made on THIS article is what makes you prejudicial jerks "PREJUDICE" against Mexicans. I won't use racist since there are plenty of Mexicans who are white but you ignoramuses wouldn't know about think Hispanic is a race..bahahaha....for the record, it's an ethnicity!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
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