US fighter jets escort 'civilian aircraft' to New York: NORAD

29th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

US fighter jets on Friday escorted a civilian plane to New York after it was determined to be "an aircraft of interest" as it flew into Canadian and then American airspace, the US-Canadian military agency NORAD said.

NORAD did not identify the plane in its statement, but US media said it was Emirates Airlines flight 201 from the United Arab Emirates, and was intercepted because it has cargo from Yemen on board.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the North American Aerospace Defense Command diverted two Canadian CF-18s to track a civilian aircraft that was determined to be an aircraft of interest as it flew into and over Canadian airspace," NORAD said in a statement.

"The civilian aircraft was passed to two US F-15s as it transited into US airspace and its ultimate destination at JFK airport."

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