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. Matt

    WooHoo!!! Canada has 3 more F's on our jetfighters than the Americans do!

    October 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kian

      Damn, you got us!

      October 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FerRealTho

    Jerry...the only people who hate blacks are the ones who have ever had to deal with them...the rest are just naive

    October 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AlMan42

    Wag the dog, wag the dog!!!

    October 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zoey

    Wow everyone on here is a big d-bag you guys are like a bucnh of girls fighting over makeup.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • milky way2241

      wow someone has spelling issues you cant spell bunch. i could spell that word in the 1st grade. Go back to kindergarten.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    They need to wipe out these countries and clean the slate and stop wasting efforts looking for them anymore. Nuc the entire country., As for those countries that do not go along, add them in and tell there people to leave the country

    October 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • milky way2241

      iraq, yemen, afghanistan, al queada.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. katrinabooth

    The article said there was no reason for this other than there being cargo on board. Today, as well as the past convenient, contrived week are all a big election ruse

    October 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. joe jarvis

    What happened to Obama kissing up to the Muslims and all was going to be better????

    October 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dennish

    Why is everyone so upset? It is just the religion of peace and tolerance spreading their "goodness" to other groups! WAKE UP AMERICA!

    October 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Janice


    October 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    It must be an election day distraction , used by the Obama administration,to say that the democrats are doing something after2 years.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fricsaid

      Takes a lot longer than 2 years to fix 8 years of complete incompetence. Realize it or not, you're living in the wake of the Bush administration. Obama's fruit will be seen in about 6 more years.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sydney Australia

      shyt – Bush worked for those 8 years trying to fix the mess clinton left.

      October 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimraytown

      @ syd: and Clinton had to spend eight years trying to clean up the mess Bush Sr. created in just four years. But then who wants to just play the blame game. Hannity calls Obama "The Annointed One". He'd have to be annointed if he is expected to clean up in two that which took eight to create.

      October 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fricsaid

    Lol....I tell ya what. You folks that get on here and complain about typo's crack me the heII up. I'm very curious to know why you find it necessary.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. I'm here

    I have been reading all the comments about people that hate the Muslims, Blacks, Mexicans etc,etc. I came to the conclusion that you are all right. So after careful thought,I concluded that I may as well hate them too. Plus I will hate every other ethnic background and pack up and get away from all of them. I'm getting ready to book my flight to ??????? Shyt, theres nowhere to go to. Now what am I going to do. HELP

    October 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • TV-Guy

      Here's your help. Put head in toilet, flush. Rinse and repeat.

      October 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Zoey

    I live in a mud house in the mountians guess who i am?

    October 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • milky way2241

      zoey. that is very mean and you should not be talking about yourself like that. you should say sorry to the yemeny people.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm here

      Are you the Easter Bunny?

      October 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zoey

      That was not me. someone's messing with me.

      October 29, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ryan

    The real story here is that Canada has F-18's that they can scramble.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm here

      But can they scramble eggs?

      October 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Johnny B

    Hey... we took lots of planes into Canada on 911, err, you can have this one!

    October 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
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