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NORAD conducts exercise flights over Massachusetts

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North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will conduct exercise flights on Tuesday as they practice intercept and identification procedures throughout the region.

The exercise will occur over parts of Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. EST.

Although they are scheduled for the morning, the flights could be delayed or canceled due to weather concerns.

The flights are scheduled to take place either in or around the areas between Burlington, VT and Kennebunkport, Maine, and around Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, MA.

People in this area may hear or see low-flying NORAD-controlled fighter jets or helicopters in close proximity to a military or military contracted aircraft, which will be taking on the role of aircraft of interest.

In order to test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD continuously conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.

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