AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – As of 11:30 a.m.
EDT today, September 5th, 2014, two F-15 fighter jets under the direction of
North American Aerospace Defense Command launched to investigate an
unresponsive aircraft currently flying over the Atlantic Ocean.
Socata TBM-700 light business and utility aircraft departed Rochester, NY with
a flight plan filed to land in Naples, FL, however the plane’s occupants did
not respond to attempts to communicate. The aircraft continues to be followed
by NORAD jets.
continues to monitor the situation in close coordination with the FAA. More
information will be made available as it emerges.
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
one of NORAD's critical airspace security partners, the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) provides air traffic services for NORAD to safely and
effectively perform its mission and to minimize the impacts on normal air
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.