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News | June 17, 2012

NORAD fighter intercepts general aviation aircraft over Chicago

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs

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 4:00 p.m. CDT.

The fighter responded to a temporary flight restriction violation by a Cessna 172. After intercepting the single engine aircraft, the F-15 escorted it out of the flight restricted area without further incident. The Cessna 172 subsequently landed at the Greater Kankakee Regional Airport, approximately 60 miles south of Chicago, at about 4:30 a.m. CDT, and was directed to contact the Federal Aviation Administration for further instructions.

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.