Fighter jets intercept helicopter off LA coast - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

Fighter jets intercept helicopter off LA coast

New Orleans, La. - Two F-15 fighter jets intercepted a helicopter off the coast of Louisiana Thursday morning.  The Joint Reserve Base New Orleans Defense Command responded to an AW-139 helicopter that was out of communication as it entered U.S. airspace from the Gulf of Mexico.

The NORAD controlled F-15 fighter jets intercepted the helicopter which landed at a heliport in Leeville, LA,  NORAD's mission – in close collaboration with homeland security – is to prevent air attacks against North America, responding to unknown, unwanted and unauthorized air activity.   A NORAD spokesman says the group was contacted after the helicopter came close to the Louisiana coast without communicating with the FAA. 

The investigation has now been turned over to the FAA, which has been interviewing the pilot of the helicopter.  So far, it's not known why the pilot wasn't communicating or if a technical problem was to blame.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Driver in fatal Causeway crash booked with 3rd DWI

    Driver in fatal Causeway crash booked with 3rd DWI

    Police said 26-year-old Olivia Matte, of Covington, was speeding in a white Honda Fit when she rear-ended a red Ford Ranger. The impact pushed the pickup truck onto the bridge railing, and the vehicle rode the railing for more than 100 feet.

    more>>

    Police said 26-year-old Olivia Matte, of Covington, was speeding in a white Honda Fit when she rear-ended a red Ford Ranger. The impact pushed the pickup truck onto the bridge railing, and the vehicle rode the railing for more than 100 feet.

    more>>
  • S&WB acknowledges billing overages with new system

    S&WB acknowledges billing overages with new system

    The Orleans Sewerage and Water Board is offering assurances to an elderly Holy Cross woman that her water won't be cut off. But the lady says she believes the board owes her thousands of dollars. 

    more>>

    The Orleans Sewerage and Water Board is offering assurances to an elderly Holy Cross woman that her water won't be cut off. But the lady says she believes the board owes her thousands of dollars. 

    more>>
  • NOPD search for Algiers homicide person of interest

    NOPD search for Algiers homicide person of interest

    Investigators say they want to speak with 23-year-old Curtis Delmore Jr.about a homicide that happened Friday, March 17 in the 3400 block of Kabel drive.

    more>>

    Investigators say they want to speak with 23-year-old Curtis Delmore Jr.about a homicide that happened Friday, March 17 in the 3400 block of Kabel drive.

    more>>
Powered by Frankly