Two F-15 fighter jets were dispatched over the Atlantic Ocean on Friday to follow a turboprop plane that was not responding to communication.
NORAD, the joint American and Canadian air command, said it was a “light business and utility aircraft” that was flying from Rochester, New York, to Naples, Florida. NORAD said the plane was a Socata model TBM-700.
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NORAD, the joint American and Canadian air command center, said Friday it dispatched fighter jets to investigate an “unresponsive aircraft” over the Atlantic Ocean.
NORAD said it sent two F-15 fighter jets around 11:30 a.m. ET Friday to investigate the aircraft in question, which it said was a Socata TBM-700 “light business and utility aircraft” with a flight plan of Rochester, N.Y., to Naples, Florida. CNN’s Barbara Starr reports the plane is headed toward Cuban airspace.
In a subsequent tweet, NORAD said the jets were examining “possible hypoxia,” or lack of oxygen.
“The plane’s occupants did not respond to attempts to communicate,” NORAD said in a statement. “The aircraft continues to be followed by NORAD jets.”
NORAD said more information would be provided when it becomes available.
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