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Press Release | Aug. 1, 2013

NORAD controlled F-15 jets intercept helicopter near New Orleans

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Two F-15 fighter jets from the Joint Reserve Base New Orleans under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command responded to an AW-139 helicopter that was out of communication as it entered U.S. airspace from the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans, at 9:44 a.m. CT, Aug 1.

The NORAD controlled F-15 fighter jets intercepted the helicopter which landed at a heliport in Leesville, LA at 9:44 a.m. CT. 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.