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A Sigh of Relief as Mysterious Unresponsive Aircraft Leaves U.S. Airspace

September 5th 2014

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A Socata aircraft similar to the unresponsive aircraft

NORAD and the Federal Aviation Administration are still tracking a small, fixed-wing, private airplane that had been escorted by two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighters over the Atlantic Ocean. The pilot continues to be unresponsive, even after entering Cuban airspace. The plane is now being followed by Cuban military aircraft after being handed off by the American jets. Earlier on September 5, the Socata TBM 700 had risen to an altitude of 25,000 feet: a higher than usual height for the plane. The plane was manufactured by Socata/Daher, a division of the Daher Group: a French industrial conglomerate.

The U. S. Coast Guard is updating Cuban authorities with information about the plane. As of 11:30 a.m. today there was no response from the airplane, when the fighters were scrambled.

There is no information on the number of passengers on board or the amount of fuel it is carrying. The plane has a 7 passenger capacity. The flight left Rochester NY at 8 a.m. EST and was bound for Naples FL for a 2:05 p.m. arrival.
According to NORAD, the Socata – a light-duty single-engine turboprop aircraft – currently has frosted windows. This could signal a depressurization of the passenger compartment.

Cutting Edge Contributor Martin Barillas also edits Speroforum.com

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