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.
January 18, 1997 |
Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett finally got permission Friday to fly over Libya but his crew said the delay could still jeopardize his round-the-world balloon flight. The 52-year-old Chicago securities trader had been forced to decrease altitude to avoid Libya during the negotiations, losing speed and wasting fuel. As he crossed Niger on Friday, his crew said the delay may have hurt his chances of becoming the first balloonist to circle the globe nonstop.
February 29, 1996 |
President Clinton and congressional Republicans glossed over months of bickering Wednesday and agreed on legislation to tighten the economic screws on Cuba, moving quickly to punish Fidel Castro's government for shooting down two small airplanes over the weekend. Concerned that any delay would dilute the impact of the sanctions and wary of being accused of coddling Castro, Clinton accepted measures that he has long opposed, guaranteeing early passage of the bill sponsored by Sen.
March 7, 1996 |
Cuba defended its downing of two U.S. civilian aircraft as a "patriotic action," telling the United Nations on Wednesday that the exile group flying the planes planned raids against the Communist state. Cuban Foreign Minister Roberto Robaina told the 185-member U.N. General Assembly that the Miami-based Brothers to the Rescue had plans to dynamite power lines in Havana, sabotage the Cienfuegos oil refinery and carry out attacks on Cuban leaders. U.S.