By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: United States Pentagon and North American Aerospace Defense Command (Information):
Bullhead City, Arizona: United States Air Force F-16 fighter jets had to intercept an unresponsive aircraft flying over a United States President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again Victory Rally” in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 28th, 2020.
The incident, which was caught in picture and live broadcast from ZachNews during the rally as United States President Donald Trump spoke to a large crowd of people.
ZachNews Photojournalist ZachNews broadcast the rally live on Facebook heard aircrafts over the rally, and notice a jet and another aircraft far in the sky above.
Just minutes late, a F-16 fired flares to ward off the unresponsive aircraft flying over the rally.
The large crowd of people on the airport ground cheered in amazed, even United States President Donald Trump was amazed saying, ”Wow. How about that? How about that.”
“Oh, look at that. Look, look, look,” Trump said, pointing at the white stream left by the flares. “Look at that. They gave the president a little display.”
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) later issued a statement saying, “At approximately 1400 MDT (1:00 p.m. MST), NORAD F-16 aircraft investigated a general aviation aircraft that was not in communication with Air Traffic Control (ATC) and entered the Temporary Flight Restriction area surrounding Bullhead City, Arizona without proper clearance. The violating aircraft was non-responsive to initial intercept procedures, but established radio communications after NORAD aircraft deployed signal flares. The aircraft was escorted out of the restricted area by the NORAD aircraft without further incident.”
No other details were given as to what type of aircraft violated the airspace or why they were flying in the area.
The Federal Aviation Administration typically employs temporary flight restriction areas in domestic airspace during major events, which are partly enforced by NORAD.
Thank you and great work to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) for watching over the crowd during the rally.