By Wyatt Earp | October 1, 2009
Remember all that talk about people forgetting 9-11? You know, the talk primarily initiated by yours truly? Well, here is some good news:
Apparently, we are still paying attention to pilots who exhibit suspicious behavior. Especially behavior that has them ignore hails from air traffic control. Yeah, that’ll get some fighters a-scramblin’.
A small plane crashed outside Muncie, Indiana, as military F-16s trailed it Wednesday after its pilot failed to respond to radio calls, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said.
The plane crashed into a farm field in Randolph County, Indiana, near the town of Winchester, about 12:40 p.m. ET, NORAD said in a statement. There were no reports that anyone on the ground was hurt.
The pilot was the only one on board the single-propeller, four-seater plane. His fate was not immediately known. The incident was not believed to be terrorism-related and may be a medical situation, officials said.
The F-16s, from the Indiana Air National Guard, intercepted the aircraft near Muncie about 11:30 a.m. ET, NORAD said in a statement. (H/T – CNN)
Probably just a medical issue or a mechanical malfunction, but it’s good to know that our military is still taking notice of such things. The average American may fall into complacency, but our military does not.