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NORAD scrambles two F-15 fighter jets to escort unresponsive plane flying over Atlantic Ocean

05 Sep
In this Aug. 22, 2010 photo, an F-15 from the 104th Fighter Wing at the Barnes Air National Guard Base takes off during the  Westfield International Air Show in Westfield, Mass.

AP Photo/Mark M. Murray Springfield RepublicanIn this Aug. 22, 2010 photo, an F-15 from the 104th Fighter Wing at the Barnes Air National Guard Base takes off during the Westfield International Air Show in Westfield, Mass.

An Air Force official says two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled after the pilot of a private plane over the Atlantic Ocean failed to respond to air traffic controllers.

A NORAD spokesman says the fighters were launched at 11:30 EDT Friday after the pilot of a private plane repeatedly failed to respond to calls from air traffic controllers. The pilot may be suffering from hypoxia, NORAD said on Twitter.

The spokesman says the pilot filed a flight plan to fly from Rochester, New York, to Naples, Florida. The jets are currently escorting the plane while NORAD investigates.

The plane is a Socata TBM700, a high performance single-engine turboprop.

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