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. EdBnv

    Yes Bob, Americans ARE that stupid - heck we haven't begun to explore the depths of how stupid and ignorant we can be.
    It is in the Repug Charter.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. legal citizen

    Well, actually, indigenous doesn't understand how the Americas were initially populated. It has been shown genetically that the original settlers came from Asia in at least several waves across the Bearing Strait at least 10,000 years ago, then eventually made their way down and across North America. At the same time, they moved south into Central and South America (although it has been suggested by a few that some may have come to South America by boat from the west).

    What this means of course is that the natives in Canada and America preceded the tribes which later developed in Mexico and Central America. If anything, it is the resident tribes existing in America now who would be wanting their ancestral lands back, not later tribes from further south.

    indigenous needs to study up on North American history a little more.

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

    It is amazing to read and see how so many people have taken the immigration debate and turned it into a debate about Mexicans. This article was about an ultralight aircraft flying into the US and somehow it spiraled into cheap shots and smart comments. What this country needs is constructive and educated debate on immigration reform. Lets face it, we need cheap labor but we also must protect ourselves from those that seek to bring harm to our great country.

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

    FYI..several of the cartels have been known to use ultralights to transport narcotics over the border. The pilots usually fly at night with only the aid of a dimly lit GPS unit. Its especially a difficult endeavor because they fly extremely close to the ground to avoid radar. The daylight flights are more brazen as the dopers use spotters to check for any law enforcement personnel in the area. If no one is seen–they fly over and fly back. They fly over the drop spot, throw the dope overboard and return to Mexico. However, some never make it back. It is not unheard of for a farmer, in the morning, to find a crashed ultralight in his field with the dead body of the pilot still strapped in the pilot's seat–with a bunch of dope still strapped to the ultralight.

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

    Indigenous is a racist. 'European' is it's own way a racial slur; people who live in the Western Hemisphere aren't 'Europeans'. He calls them that because they're White.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JORGE DE LEON

    WHY THOSE MORONS DID'T CATCH THE CRAZY WHITE WHO CRASH HIS AIRPLANE IN AUSTIN??? OR TIMOTY IN OKLAHOMA? THERE IS MORE WHITE TERRORISTS THEY DON'T MENTION THIS TOPICS BECAUSE THEY ARE 100% HIPOCRITS !!!!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. W

    bla bla bla none of this matters we are turning in to a social country. all freedom will end with a pen and it will suck for every body here. we need to pull together and stop this

    May 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. W

    bla bla bla none of this matters we are turning in to a social country. all freedom will end with a pen and it will suck for every body here. we need to pull together and stop this
    Have a Great Day.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. indigenous

    Jason: Human beings have been migrating in the SAME geographical location for thousands of years and living in the SAME geographical locations for thousands of years. Why are the majority of White people in Europe? Why are the majority of Africans in Africa? Why are the majority of Asians in Asia? Why are the majority of Mexicans in North America? I am NOT fomenting violence, just responding to warmongering by you.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jambavan

    yes, edbnv, when you go to mexico they DO stamp your passport. you have up to 180 days as a tourist–if you overstay you can be put in jail. also to be a mexican citizen is a long process and you have to show INCOME of at least $1200 US per month. so it is not a snap. mexico doesn't want illegal aliens. also you have to PROVE you are a mexican citizen–show your papers–in order to go to the public schools–free up to 6th grade. the mexican government and people don't want to pay to educate the children of illegals. they have a good deal–they do it one way and demand that usa keeps doing it another way.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. goelglezz

    WHY PEOPEL WANT TO BODER PEOPLE WHY YOU JUST PUT IN OTHERS SHOES AND THINK WHAT HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU WHERE IN THATS SHOES. I THINK PEOPLE WHO TALK WHIT HATE SHOULD HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT. WE ARE PEOPLE AND AS PEOPLE WE CAN DIE, WHY WE JUST LOVE EACH OTHER LIKE BROTHERS AND SEE TOO THE REALITY OF THE THINGS . AND PEOPLE WHO IS SELLING DRUGS THEY ARE PEOPLE WHIT RIGHTS TO BEE IN THE UNITED STATES LEGALY WHY PUT HATE ON PEOPLE WHO CAME TO WORK AND TRY TO GET A BETTER LIFE WHITH AUT PAPERS THATS NOT RIGTH

    May 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    I am not the one proposing violent revolution, indigenous. You are, by talking about 'reconquest'.

    My ancestors came here legally, and were and continue to be good productive American citizens.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CaliGirl

    I'm with you, Truth.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • The TRUF

      hey mamasita, remember the Cabbage Patch Dolls??/ Why did EVERY Mexican buy one? Because they came with birth certificates.

      May 17, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Flagrante Delicto

    You've got to admit – it's a pretty novel wat to srop 100 kilos of chiva.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bailoutsos

    F16s shadowing an ultralight? "Shadowing" implies following closely without detection. How could a plane that flies at 250 mph shadow a plane that flies maybe 100 mph? Am I missing something?

    May 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
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