Fighter jets intercept helicopter off LA coast

Fox 8 Live

New Orleans, La. – Two F-15 fighter jets intercepted a helicopter off the coast of Louisiana Thursday morning.  The Joint Reserve Base New Orleans Defense Command responded to an AW-139 helicopter that was out of communication as it entered U.S. airspace from the Gulf of Mexico.  

The NORAD controlled F-15 fighter jets intercepted the helicopter which landed at a heliport in Leeville, LA,  NORAD’s mission – in close collaboration with homeland security – is to prevent air attacks against North America, responding to unknown, unwanted and unauthorized air activity.   A NORAD spokesman says the group was contacted after the helicopter came close to the Louisiana coast without communicating with the FAA.

The investigation has now been turned over to the FAA, which has been interviewing the pilot of the helicopter.  So far, it’s not known why the pilot wasn’t communicating or if a technical problem was to blame.

6 thoughts on “Fighter jets intercept helicopter off LA coast

  1. 1 helicopter= scramble jets in minutes
    4 airliners= ahh….finish their beers and maybe they’ll get around to it sometime. Naaaahhh….just stand down. Ain’t that right fatass pig cheney

  2. “A NORAD spokesman says the group was contacted after the helicopter came close to the Louisiana coast without communicating with the FAA.”

    It should have been shot down IMMEDIATELY!!!

    WHAT was the military thinking??? It could have been full of those dastardly ‘Mooslim terrorists’ trying to attack the ‘Homeland’ (Fatherland, Mother Russia?) and trying to kill innocent Americans. They should have hit it with multiple missiles (for ‘the children’, of course) and blown it to smithereens.

  3. So let me get this straight, there IS a border when it comes to air space and we DO defend it with our military, but there ISN”T a border when it comes to borders on the ground? Just trying to wrap my head around this one.

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