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. Gilbert

    CNN, I don't think Derp is racist, I think he is a psychopath dangerous person. Punish him.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kian

      Christ, man. You part of the no-swearing club? "Mommy he's saying bad words again. He's being naughty, put him in the corner mommy!"

      October 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. realworld

    Emirates passenger flight escorted by NORAD fighter jets lands safely at New York's JFK airport. – To be safe all passengers sent to Gitmo.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AS

    religion is responsible for most of the bloodshed that we are seeing throughout the world today. Christians are just as responsible for hate and violence as the muslims. It is time for people to stop relying on some mythical holy force and use their brains. We need to live in the here and now. All religions believe the world is going to end, and they are going to some place better. Now if all you believe that then it would seem you have no want to make our time here better. If we all blow eachother up, you guys get to go to your heaven, planet, afterlife, whatever you believe. It is time for the rational thinkers in the world to get together, register to vote, get rid of religion and save our planet!!!

    October 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zoey

      Does anybody remember learning about the Crusades in school? The middle east was being over-run by invader's who used their religious convictions to justify their wars–they were Christians! This warfare, between religions, has been along for centuries.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gilbert

    CNN took out all of Derp's inappropriate and unaccepable language. Thank you CNN.

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

      Derp is back. He needs to be removed by CNN again.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James Harrison

    I wonder how long it will take for the news channel to realise that East Midlands airport in the UK is over 100 miles from London :p

    October 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kurt

      Nice comment.. thnx for making me smile , especially as East midlands is 15 miles from me 🙂
      have a great weekend anyways!
      regards

      October 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fran

    How come all of a sudden we're focusing on air frieght? Did we forget about ship cargo?

    October 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sam

    Not all Muslims are Terrorists but 99%of all terrorists are muslim. So The Teachings of the Muslims is about changing our culture or wiping us out. And that goes for ALL Muslims. There may be a few who may not voice it that way but listen closely to the complete teachings from all muslims when that talk about US america, or us Christian. Listen closely to what they call us and what they should DO ABOUT US. It is not PEACEFUL. Learn the truth, or we will all die. They still have 400 kids and 25 wives while americans and many other coutries have 1 wife and barely 1 child, watch out.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kian

      Not all Muslims are Terrorists but 99%of all terrorists are muslim. So The Teachings of the Muslims is about changing our culture or wiping us out. And that goes for ALL Muslims. There may be a few who may not voice it that way but listen closely to the complete teachings from all muslims when that talk about US america, or us Christian. Listen closely to what they call us and what they should DO ABOUT US. It is not PEACEFUL. Learn the truth, or we will all die. They still have 400 kids and 25 wives while americans and many other coutries have 1 wife and barely 1 child, watch out

      Wait, what about American Muslims? Also, you're looking at a perverted interpretation of the Q'uran, should we accuse all christians of being polygamists because the Mormons said so? No. So should we believe that the Q'uran specifically tells us to put bombs on planes because one Muslim told us that is what the Q'uran said? No.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kian

      Also, sorry for including your post, I put it in as a reference so I didn't have to scroll all the way up, but forgot to delete it. Oops.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wzrd1

    I'd hate to be a passenger on that aircraft. It most certainly wouldn't give one a warm and fuzzy feeling to see first Canadian Air Force fighters, then US Air Force fighters escorting your plane.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Juan williams was right after all.......

    October 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sehrish

    Im a legal psych major, and while learning about profiling...we learned that a profile for a terrorist is a man ages 20-30, with a beard, and baggy pants...umm...freakin sounds like a mormon, a muslim, and random people who like beards...EVERYONE in america wears some type of baggy clothes...uh...my whole class laughed..the FBI is loosing there heads...they need something better to do..They should worry about the drug cartels in mexico maybe...In my class my professor showed as an article where a 20 yr old college student who was an american arab, was bugged...They put a GPS on his car!!! FOR NO FREAKIN REASON...this happened for 6 months...when the boy finally saw it...he, for some reason gave it back...um i wud have crushed it!! Thats invasion of privacy..oh worst part...HE NEVER DID N E THING OUT OF THE ORDINARY!!!!!

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

    All those reading this, pls report DerpDiggler for abuse. He's not only insulting billions of muslims overseas and here at home, but millions of African-Americans here in the US too. Hateful bigots like him need to be removed.

    Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all veterans, past and present, who have put their lives at risk to protect the freedoms that we all enjoy. Even jerks like Derp.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kian

      "Sand-N*gger" refers to Arabs, not Muslims. Could be Christian Arabs, Jewish Arabs, Atheist Arabs, or any Arab.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Richp, Easton, Pa

    wonder who the cargo is....

    October 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Zoey

    they smell like the crap that comes out my butt i mean i had to stand in line next to a yemenie and i thought the smell was coming from outside but nope i turned around and there was a yemenie standing there, he had a towel on his head i knew then it was a yemenie i thought to my self what is going on.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • milky way2241

      Every one listen it wasnt the yemens it was the dubians their pretty cool. now every please stop talking about yemens and al queadians. the dubianshave nothing to do with this.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kian

      How do you know he wasn't Indian? Indians are pretty big on the turban idea, as well as some Rastafarians.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • milky way2241

      it could have been a homeless man, people are so rude.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zoey

      I did not just spew the hatred towards the ppl of Yemen just Attributed to me.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JonseyJones

      Wow...You nneed to give your head a shake buddy. Im sure that because someone looks or smells differently to you, they must be terrorists. Or maybe its because of the country that they are from. Maybe if you stopped putting troops and killing civiians in thier country, than people would stop hating you and we may be able to have a little peace in the middle east!!

      October 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NK

    I dont really understand the use of fighter jot escorts. Can someone help me understand
    If there is indeed a militant in that flight, can the fighter jet actually fire at the passenger flight. I see only 2 situations here
    Situation 1: Militant onboard wants to blow up the flight on US soil.
    With Escort: He will still blow it up on US soil irrespective of escort.
    Situation 2: Militant wants to land the flight in say chicago instead JFK. He will take over the flight and still lands in Chicago. Else, he would threaten to ground the flight. Will escort stop him from doing it.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimraytown

      NK. Twas a freight jet. pilot, co-pilot, fligh-engineer. No PAX

      October 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mimi

    Want the truth? Go to prisonplanet.com. It'll be waiting for you..

    October 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
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