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. Jess Prokotok

    What do you call a stranger who enters your home without permission? Invaders? thieves? The comment however crude it might be is not racist but just a jab at people who illegally enters someone's home. I wish these Americans who favor not doing anything to illegal aliens would leave America and live in other countries to find out what racism is all about. Enough is enough. Let us preserve our way of life which is a strong America free from terror.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. terrythephysicist

    The ultralight is far too slow to be chased by F-16s, why don't these nimrods use a helicopter?

    May 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. warsteiner

    The reason Americans are becoming more agressive towards illegals is that they not only invade our country they bring drugs,they shoot and often kill boarder patrol,they bring their nasty habits with them they dont come legally and try to asimilate no they create problems and were tired of it! Like that college kid that was driving around illegally because she couldnt get a drivers licence in my world that is not an excuse. Oh I cant pay my insurance so I will drive illegally its not my fault I needed to go party and spent my insurance money BS.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KellyImporta

    Indigenous, these morons will never get it, it's foolish to think that they're even capable of "getting it" They (europeans) came here raping and pillaging the natives...KARMA!!!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. javier

    Nobody is going to get kicked out. Everything is okay. The U.S. still rocks. Don't worry.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. azgirl50

    Mr. Indigenous: throughout the history of the world – not your world, but THE world – nations have fought over land. Some lose, some win. This is nothing new. Mexico lost. If you want to make a difference in the land that you say you love so much, go live in Mexico. No mater how you feel – or how angry you get – the United States of America is NOT Mexico. There really is a "border" – go on home and help your indigenous people to make something of themselves. Something that does not include he genocide of their own "indigenous" brethren in the corrupt, greedy drug war that is going on in your beloved homeland. you actually are quite pathetic. Mexico lost the war. Give it up. Done deal. Peace to you.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. indigenous sucks a fat one

    Bring it on bro. I got somethin for you and your brothers.


    Waiting for you here in AZ

    May 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. alex


    you are the uninformed one. Look back at the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo and think about what you said.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. No Amnesty

    All illegal aliens are criminals, most are felons for stealing or forging an ID in order to fraudulently get a job. The ultralight should have been forced down and the invader questioned for motive and the aircraft confiscated. Americans are sick of illegal alien Mexican/Latino invaders.... and no, the southwestern USA does not belong to the Laraza / MECha racists.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    Another reason why your 'indigenous' argument is moot is that because of inbreeding amongst different peoples, there really are very few true 'indigenous' people in Mexico anyway.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. indigenous

    We don't need a UN charter or the permission of the US to live in land that we have lived in for thousands of years, all we need is the power and the will to do it as we have done and will continue to do. WE ARE STILL HERE AND WE WANT OUR FREEDOM!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eliud

      The rights that you claim, then, come from your desire. So my rights can come from my desire, and we may find ourselves with equal authority to mutually exclusive rights. So why use all the language of history and culture when, really, you just want what you want, and might will make right... eventually? Your passion for your cause has given you something to strive for, but it hasn't given you a leg to stand on.

      May 17, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Senible Ray

    F16s whoosh past and give the pilots an adernalin rush,
    Meanwhile the ultralighters at slower speed , drop of packages of drugs or weapons or what ever with possibly a gps tracker.
    May be the amigos go pick it up using the tracker. What a waster of airforce.
    May be the terrorists and drug runners are testing the response and finding more loopholes to expand.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. javier

    Did you guys know that the population of White Europeans in Europe and the U.S. is going down? Someone has to inherit the land. At least we’re Christians.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. indigenous

    jASON, Mexico has the HIGHEST indigenous polulation of any country in north america or south america. 90 million people in Mexico are indigenous. You are threatened by us, hence the "protect our borders" dilemna. Why aren't you protecting your Canadian borders? Because the majority is White. Why are you "protecting" the Mexican border? Because the majority is INDIGENOUS.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eliud

      Really? C'mon, really? Canada's per capita gnp is near five times that of Mexico, so we don't have too much trouble with illegal immigrants from Canada. A much less corrupt government may have something to do with it also, since it is easier to live and work and raise a family when laws are honored.

      May 17, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Thurston Binkley

    Darwin was White. An easy call on survival of the fittest.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
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