NORAD sends fighter jets to escort plane

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 1:23 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say fighter jets intercepted a private plane that veered off its flight plan near Charleston. 

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, dispatched the F-16 fighters Friday morning and escorted a four-seat Cessna 337 to Charleston Executive Airport.  

The pilot was directed to contact the Federal Aviation Administration for follow-up. 

A NORAD release says a discrepancy in the plane's flight plan and actual track raised suspicions.  

NORAD's mission is to prevent air attacks against the United States and Canada.
 

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