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.