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Two Reports of NORAD Intercepting Aircraft over New YorkBonnie King Salem-News.com
The airspace over New York was busy this morning.
(PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.) - At 10:46 am (PT) it was reported by North American Aerospace Defense Command: NORAD helicopter intercepts aircraft in restricted area over New York A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flying under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted a general aviation aircraft that had entered the Temporary Flight Restricted area over New York City, N.Y. this morning. The aircraft which entered the TFR at approximately 1:00 p.m. EST was intercepted and then escorted out of the area.
Then, at 11:06 am (PT) we received another release from NORAD and USNORTHCOM:
NORAD fighters intercept aircraft over New York
Two F-16 fighter aircraft under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted a general aviation aircraft that was out of communications in the Temporary Flight Restricted area over New York, NY at approximately 1:45 p.m. EDT this afternoon.
The aircraft was intercepted and escorted out of the area.
The two incidents occurred 45 minutes apart. Whether or not the two were related, and if the same "general aviation aircraft" was involved is not known at this time.
Who is NORAD?
NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that is responsible for the air defense of North America and maritime warning. The command has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
The command is poised both tactically and strategically in our nation’s capital to provide a multilayered defense to detect, deter and prevent potential threats flying over the airspace of the United States and Canada.
NORAD's mission – in close collaboration with homeland defense, security, and law enforcement partners – is to prevent air attacks against North America, safeguard the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada by responding to unknown, unwanted and unauthorized air activity approaching and operating within these airspaces, and provide aerospace and maritime warning for North America.
Bonnie King has been Publisher of Salem-News.com since August '04. She is a photographer and video producer, writer, editor and mother, which she considers her greatest position. Bonnie has served in a number of positions in the broadcast industry; TV Production Manager at KVWB (Las Vegas WB) and Producer/Director for the TV series "Hot Wheels in Las Vegas", posts as TV Promotion Director for KYMA (NBC), and KFBT (Ind.), Asst. Marketing Director (SUPERSHOPPER MAGAZINE), Director/Co-Host (Coast Entertainment Show), Radio Promotion Director (KBCH/KCRF), and Newspapers In Education/Circulation Sales Manager (STATESMAN JOURNAL NEWSPAPER).
Bonnie has a depth of understanding that reaches further than just behind the scenes, and that thoroughness is demonstrated in the perseverance to correctly present each story with the wit and wisdom necessary to compel and captivate viewers and readers alike. An lifetime activist for just causes, she continues to strive to present facts that support Truth, Justice and Peace, as we are in the world to change the world for the better. "TJP"
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