October 29th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

NORAD escorts aircraft to New York's JFK airport

Fighter jets escorted Emirates flight 201 to New York's JFK airport.

[Update 4:00 p.m.] Emirates Airline has issued a statement regarding the origin of the flight:

"Emirates Flight EK201, which has just landed at JFK, originated in Dubai not in Yemen, as reported in the US media. More information will follow as soon as we have it. Emirates is co-operating fully with the US authorities."

[Update 3:36 p.m.] Emirates flight 201 lands at New York's JFK airport escorted by fighter jets.

[Update 3:11 p.m.] NORAD is escorting a passenger flight from the United Arab Emirates to New York's JFK airport “out of an abundance of caution,” a NORAD spokesman said.

Two Canadian CF-18s began to track a civilian aircraft that was “determined to be an aircraft of interest” as it flew over Canadian airspace, spokesman John Cornelio said.

Two US F-15s then picked up the escort to JFK, which is ongoing.

A law enforcement source says that the flight being escorted is Emirates 201.  The flight originated in Sanaa, Yemen, yesterday and is en route from Dubai to JFK, according to Emirates Airline.

The FBI and Port Authority Police are scheduled to meet the fight, FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko said.

"This is only because there is cargo from Yemen on the flight.  There is no known threat associated with this cargo or this flight,” he said.

soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Wzrd1

    Have a care, lest someone release a fully armed camel upon you!
    Now, it WOULD be interesting if a passenger on that plane happened to have a cell phone with a few numbers in it that correspond to a couple of cell phones inside of a couple of toner cartridges...

    October 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FIST BUMP

    DAMN, NO SHOWER FOR ME THEN . . . .

    October 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. milky way2241

    I swear them yemens are trying it again. What was it like about a week ago they tryed to blow up a subway tunnel i believe in washington, yesterday someone in chicago got a package with a bomb and it was sent from yemen, now today yemens are flying in from canada like we wont find out and now they might try to blow up jfk airport. I swear why dont we just drop a nuclear bomb on them, I mean their nothing but a bunch of punks that live in the middle of a sandy dessert in mud houses. they eat camal testicals i mean give me a break. just drop a nuclear bomb on them and say have a nice day.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zoey

      Hey Milkyway.Your "cute" little name is a blatant white power name. No one is fooled. You are nothing but another bigot. Have you considered that Al Queda terrorists think the same, but in reverse? They'd love to drop a nuclear bomb on us! So, you are no better than them, yourself.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      I am going to change my name to Chalk so someone can conclude that I am a bigot of some sort.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • milky way2241

      how does this have to do with al queada, they suck on goat and camal testicals, The yemens are just another type of a dousch bag they also suck on camal testicals. im suprised the al queadians havent tryed to blow us up again i mean after 9/11 im pretty sure they would love to try to blow up subway tunnels like the yemens tried to do last week.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gilbert

    CNN, Derp is saying bad things again. He is being bad.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin

    What are you eight? And the best you can do is scramble the letters in Whitepower for your screename?? ROFL

    October 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeffrey

    I think that's an important situation for USA.Canadian and USA natonal forces are intercepting this plane to be sure there are dangers in the planes.I'm listening to Times Square camera and there are many sirens in New York City....
    Earthcam.com

    CNN is the best website!

    October 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • NYC

      Oh for heavens sake. I WORK in Times Square and there are no sirens. Calm down.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. brown

    "This is only because there is cargo from Yemen on the flight. There is no known threat associated with this cargo or this flight"

    Why on earth are we spending tens of thousands of dollars using fighter jets to escort a plane that allegedly isn't a threat? Makes no sense unless someone is lying. The cargo isn't going anywhere (unless it blows up) so why not meet the plane on the ground? The fighter jets have but one purpose and that's to shoot down the jet if needed.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • soothe

      That is the exact reason to escort it...contact the pilot, tell him to stay on a certain course...if he heads off on some evil mission to crash into something and blow it up, you shoot him out of the sky before he can.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mm

    You need to go on the view you're sounding like them

    October 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. boogersnot

    I like monkeys

    October 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mm

    Were not wasting money there protecting your butt get over it!!!!

    October 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gilbert

    CNN, Derp is saying bad words again.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mm

    Wzrd1
    you are right on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But most don't even know what you're talking about..... They are pathetic

    October 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. drito

    You are obviously an uneducated idiot, Muslims don't wear turbans.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jim stetson

    Besides having oil resources like Jed Clampett, there is nothing but hate coming from this part of the world.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gilbert

    CNN, are your people out for lunch? Derp is saying the "N" word again.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
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