Airplane Terror Drills

Title: NORAD Exercise Flights Planned Over West Virginia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. And Richmond, Va.
June 22, 2010

Abstract: North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct multiple exercise flights today in the skies in the vicinity of northern West Virginia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va. The flights will take place in the early afternoon, and people may hear and see NORAD fighter aircraft in close proximity with DOD-contracted general aviation aircraft as they practice their intercept and identification procedures.

This exercise has been carefully planned and will be closely controlled to ensure the safety of the exercise and those participants in the area of operations. The exercise will test NORAD’s air sovereignty alert sites’ rapid response capability to an aerospace threat.

NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Each exercise flight utilizes a scenario to test NORAD’s response, systems and equipment. Scenarios could include counter-drug operations, aircraft in distress, aircraft defecting, hijacking, unknown aircraft, Dangerous Military Activity, Temporary Flight Restriction violation or airborne terrorist.

For more information about NORAD intercept procedures, please refer to this Federal Aviation Administration link:

Since Sept. 11, 2001, NORAD fighters have responded to more than 3,300 possible air threats in Canada and the United States (NORAD, 2010).

Title: Security Drill Deals With Crashed Plane In The Knesset
Date: December 5, 2011
Arutz Sheva

Abstract: Knesset security and the Jerusalem district police anti-terror squad conducted a unique security exercise Monday – dealing with a scenario where a plane crashes into the Knesset. In the drill, the plane contained dangerous materials, and security and rescue forces were required to deal with the aftermath of such a situation. Security officers wore clothing to protect them from radiation and biological contamination.

Officials said that the drill was successful, and that they had perfected skills necessary to deal with a scenario like this
(Arutz Sheva, 2011).

Title: NORAD Plans Calibration Flights On Thursday Afternoon
December 22, 2011
Washington Post

The North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct calibration flights over the Washington area on Thursday afternoon. The flights are meant to help calibrate systems and equipment used in responding to unknown or threatening aircraft.

The exercise will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at about 2,000 feet. They will be flown by a Beechcraft King Air plane.

This comes two days before NORAD will be busy tracking Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. And it comes more than two weeks after NORAD conducted its most recent flight exercise over Washington (Washington Post, 2011).