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Press Release | Sept. 23, 2013

NORAD jets intercept general aviation aircraft over New York City

Two F-16 fighters flying under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted multiple general aviation aircraft that were out of communications in the Temporary Flight Restricted area over New York City, N.Y. this afternoon.

The aircraft were escorted out of the area and met by law enforcement upon landing.

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 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.