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NORAD fighter intercepts general aviation aircraft over Chicago

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | June 16, 2012

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - An F-15 fighter under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted a general aviation aircraft in the vicinity of Chicago, Ill. today at approximately 10:30 a.m. CDT.

The fighter responded to a temporary flight restriction violation by a small single engine aircraft. After intercepting the aircraft, the F-15 escorted it out of the flight restricted area without further incident at approximately 10:45 a.m. CDT.

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.