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Press Release | July 28, 2014

NORAD fighters escort commercial aircraft

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command diverted two F-16 fighter jets based out of Toledo, Ohio today as a precautionary measure to escort Sunwing Flight 772 as it returned to Toronto.

Once the aircraft was safely on the ground, the U.S. fighters returned to their home base.

NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States. The command has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.