NORAD Fighters Intercept General Aviation Aircraft Near National Capital Region
NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Two F-16’s fighters under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted a general aviation aircraft near the National Capital Region today at approximately 7:00 p.m. EDT.
The fighters intercepted the Beechcraft King Air airplane after it was not responsive to radio communication. Following the intercept the aircraft re-established radio communications with air traffic control and was allowed to proceed to its destination.
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. NORAD may be required to monitor, shadow, divert from flight path, direct to land and/or destroy platforms deemed a potential threat to North America.
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.
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