Jul 1, 2011 6:46 PM

Civilian plane accidentally flies off course into Mexico

TUCSON - According to officials, the civilian aircraft that was intercepted by NORAD fighters this morning was being flown by an older man who was allegedly trying to impress a woman.

Officials say that the single-engine plane got off course and ended flying into Mexico, and was then intercepted at about 11:50 a.m. near Tucson by two NORAD-affiliated F-16s out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

The F-16s escorted the aircraft out of the area; it landed at Tucson International Airport without incident, and the pilot was met by local authorities, according to NORAD.

No contraband was found on the plane, and officials say the incident is of no investigative concern.
Stay tuned to News 4 Tucson for more details as they become available.


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