January 25, 1988 |
Sandinista forces shot down a cargo plane after it dropped war materiel to U.S.-backed guerrillas inside Nicaragua, government and rebel officials said Sunday. The DC-6 aircraft, with eight crewmen aboard, was hit by two SAM-7 missiles in southeastern Nicaragua after dark Saturday, Lt. Col. Roberto Calderon, a senior Sandinista army commander, told reporters at the crash scene.
March 11, 1987 |
A U.S.-registered DC-3 airplane piloted by an American was shot down by the Honduran air force after it entered Honduran airspace on an apparent drug mission, the government said Tuesday. All three people aboard were killed. The plane was probably carrying narcotics from Colombia to an unknown destination, a statement issued by the armed forces said Tuesday night. The aircraft was downed at 11:30 p.m.
June 30, 2005 |
Police briefly ordered the evacuation of the Capitol and the White House, and President Bush was moved from the executive mansion to a safer location, when a private plane inadvertently ventured into restricted airspace. The plane was intercepted by military jets and escorted to a landing. The all-clear came within minutes -- well before the White House was fully evacuated. The White House briefly went to red alert -- its highest level, presidential spokesman Scott McClellan said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2005 |
A small plane that had been circling near restricted military airspace in the Mojave Desert for about three hours Thursday was intercepted by fighter jets and escorted to a landing at Palmdale Airport, aviation officials said. "We could see him on radar, but we couldn't reach him by radio, and we didn't know who he was," said Donn Walker, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, which had been monitoring the flight.
November 29, 2002 |
The military command responsible for the defense of North American airspace scrambled fighter jets in response to unverified reports of an airborne condensation trail, or contrail, moving from the Caribbean to the U.S., Defense officials said. The jets found nothing, an official said. The incident Wednesday is being investigated.
August 8, 2007 |
Georgia accused Russia on Tuesday of sending two fighter jets into its airspace and dropping a missile near a village. Moscow denied involvement and charged that Georgian authorities staged the incident to gain an edge in their conflict with Russia. Televised footage from an area about 40 miles west of Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, showed a deep 2-foot-wide hole in the ground that authorities said was caused by an unexploded missile dropped Monday evening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2007 |
Two Air Force F-16 fighters forced a small plane to land here Wednesday afternoon after federal officials became concerned when the plane flew north across the Mexican border and the pilot did not respond to radio calls. Once the Cessna landed at the municipal airport, the plane and its three occupants were met by Oceanside police, San Diego County sheriff's deputies, agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and a drug-sniffing dog.
September 12, 2007 |
Syria complained to the United Nations about Israeli "aggression and violation of sovereignty" after an incident that a U.S. official said was an airstrike deep inside Syria. Syria reported the incursion Thursday, saying Israeli aircraft flew over the northern part of the country and dropped munitions over an empty area after being fired on by antiaircraft defenses. Israel did not confirm has not confirmed the incident, but a U.S. military official said an Israeli airstrike had hit a target.
February 9, 2003 |
The restricted airspace over the nation's capital for private planes will expand in conjunction with the increase in the national terror threat level to orange, the Federal Aviation Administration announced. Privately operated noncommercial planes will face restrictions under 18,000 feet in a 30-mile radius of Washington. The previous radius was 15 miles.
April 26, 1997 |
Iraq is violating a U.S.-patrolled "no-fly" zone, using military helicopters to ferry pilgrims home from the border with Saudi Arabia, but the United States has said it will tolerate the flights through the zone in southern Iraq because of their humanitarian nature. The official Iraqi News Agency said the operation will continue for a few days "to transport sick, old and tired pilgrims to the places where they live." The flights also violated a northern "no-fly" zone.