NORAD NEWS

NORAD fighters intercept two general aviation aircraft over L.A.

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | June 07, 2012

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Two F-16 fighters under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted two separate general aviation aircraft in the Los Angeles area this morning.

The fighters responded after the aircraft entered a temporary flight restricted area and escorted them until they departed the area. Both were directed to contact the FAA for further instructions.

The first aircraft, a single engine Cessna 206, was intercepted at approximately 9:00 am PDT.

The second aircraft, a single engine Cherokee PA 28, was intercepted at approximately 9:30 am PDT.

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.