Friday, January 18, 2013

NORAD Fighters Conduct Operation Noble Eagle Mission Off The Coast Of Oregon

**North American Aerospace Defense Command Press Release**  

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Out of an abundance of caution, in coordination with our inter-agency partners, two F-15 fighters under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command escorted a commercial airliner designated a track of interest off the coast of northern Oregon at approximately 6:15 p.m. PST this (Thursday) evening. The Boeing 737 was escorted
 until it landed without further incident at Seattle International Airport where it was met by local law enforcement officials at approximately 7 p.m. PST.

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. 

SEATTLE, WA (MorichesDaily) — NORAD scrambled two Oregon F-15 fighter jets early Thursday evening to escort an Alaska Airlines flight from Kona, Hawaii, to Sea-Tac Airport that was potentially the target of a hijacking.

FBI officials said the Honolulu field office received a call suggesting there was a threat to Alaska Air Flight 819 and that an individual on-board was going to hijack the plane, according to sources.

After the flight landed in Seattle, FBI agents and Port of Seattle police escorted a man off the plane and detained him for questioning.

One person was taken into custody and is being questioned by the FBI, the representative said.

According to that spokesperson, the airline was notified that law enforcement was interested in the passenger.

The passenger exhibited no unusual behavior during the flight and was asleep for much of it, the airline spokesperson said.

NORAD confirmed the F-15s were scrambled from the Oregon Air National Guard base in Portland but said it couldn’t comment while the planes were in the air.

FBI officials said there was no danger at Sea-Tac Airport either.


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