Oct. 11, 2006 —
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command fighter aircraft scrambled minutes after an aircraft crashed into a building this afternoon in New York City.
Numerous fighters and support aircraft, including Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and tankers, remain airborne over many U.S. and Canadian cities and will continue flying operations for some time. At such time as the flights are discontinued, the aircraft and crews will remain on high alert.
While every indication is that today's crash was an accident, NORAD leadership sees the deployment of the fighters as a prudent measure at this time. There was no indication that the crashed aircraft was a flight of interest.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.