NORAD Fighters Airborne Over U.S. Cities
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2006 Fighter planes from North American Aerospace Defense Command are airborne over numerous U.S. cities in response to a small plane crashing into an apartment building in New York City today, NORAD officials reported.
Officials stressed that the crash, which happened on Manhattan’s East Side, does not appear to be an act of terrorism.
“While every indication is that this is an accident, we see this as a prudent measure at this time,” officials said in a statement.
More than 150 firefighters are on scene of a four-alarm fire in the building, and one person has been confirmed killed, news outlets reported.