Thursday, April 19, 2012
Two F-15 fighter jets are tracking an unresponsive airplane over the Gulf of Mexico.
North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman John Cornelio said two NORAD jets caught up with the aircraft at 8:45 a.m. Eastern time Thursday and were flying with it and monitoring it. He said they haven't been able to make contact with the pilot.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the plane was flying from Slidell, La., to Sarasota, Fla. She says one person is on board and that the FAA has been tracking the plane since it lost contact with the pilot at 9 a.m.
NORAD is responsible for defending the skies over North America and monitoring sea traffic off the continent's shores.