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News | July 9, 2010

NORAD fighters respond to aircraft near Las Vegas

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Two F-16 fighters under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command responded to two single engine aircraft viol ating a temporary flight restricted area in the vicinity of Las Vegas today.

The fighters, on station to enforce the TFR, intercepted the first aircraft, a Cessna 210, at approximately 7:05 a.m. PDT and the other single engine general aviation aircraft at approximately 7:34 a.m. PDT. The Cessna landed at the North Las Vegas Airport where it was met by local authorities and the second aircraft landed in Mesquite, Nevada where it was met by authorities.

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.