U.S. Jet Shoots Down another Unidentified Object over Canada
U.S. Jet shoots Down another Unidentified Object over Canada: A military fighter jet, under the direction of President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, brought down another unknown flying object on Saturday.
This was reported by authorities from both the United States and Canada. This latest event is part of the ongoing mysterious occurrences happening in the skies of North America.
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U.S. Jet Shoots Down another Unidentified Object over Canada
Prime Minister Trudeau made an announcement through a Twitter statement. According to him, an American F-22 fighter jet belonging to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which is jointly managed by the US and Canada, shot down the unidentified flying object over the Yukon Territory.
“I ordered the take down of an unidentified object that violated Canadian airspace
Just like the previous unidentified object that President Biden ordered to be shot down near Alaska on Friday, officials stated that they are still unable to identify what was brought down over the Yukon region, which is located near the northernmost state in the US.
Prime Minister Trudeau stated that he had a conversation with President Biden on Saturday afternoon. He also mentioned in his Twitter post that the Canadian forces will be responsible for retrieving and examining the remains of the object.
A statement from the White House confirmed that President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau talked about the significance of obtaining the object in order to figure out its origin and purpose.
Later on Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration declared an area near Havre, Montana as “national defense airspace,” making it inaccessible for air traffic. This was similar language used by the agency a week ago before the United States shot down a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.
High Altitude Object Twitter
But after approximately an hour, Representative Matt Rosendale, a Republican from Montana, announced on Twitter that the airspace had been reopened.
The United States officials stated that it was uncertain whether another object might be heading towards the Montana border from Canada.
Both Canadian and American authorities are keeping an eye on the situation; however, they acknowledge that the increased vigilance could lead to false alarms. According to Pentagon officials, the object shot down over the Yukon was detected on radar as it flew over Alaska late Friday.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) dispatched American fighter jets which were later joined by Canadian fighter jets to track it.
Brigadier General Patrick S. Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary, stated that the American F-22 fighter jet used the same Sidewinder air-to-air missile to bring down the object over Canadian territory that it had used to take down two previous flying objects. This includes a Chinese spy balloon shot down one week prior.
“Monitoring continued today as the object crossed into Canadian airspace,”
What was Shot Down in Alaska today?
Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin spoke with his Canadian counterpart, Anita Anand, over the phone on Saturday according to General Ryder.
During a news conference later that day, Ms. Anand described the object as cylindrical in shape as and smaller than the spy balloon that was shot down over the Atlantic the previous weekend.
It’s uncommon for the United States to shoot down unidentified flying objects, but tensions have been high in the country since the discovery of the Chinese spy balloon in American airspace about two weeks ago, which prompted Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to cancel a planned trip to China. The Chinese government confirmed that the dirigible was one of its own and claimed that it was for weather research, similarly with another balloon spotted over Central and South America the same weekend.
According to three American officials, American intelligence agencies have concluded that China’s spy balloon program is part of a worldwide surveillance effort to collect information about the military capabilities of various countries. Some officials think that the balloon flights are part of China’s effort to improve its ability to gather data about American military bases, as well as the military bases of other nations in case of conflict or rising tensions. U.S. officials stated this week that the balloon program operates from multiple locations in China.
John F. Kirby from the National Security Council’s Statement
On Friday, the US military shot down a flying object in the Arctic Ocean close to Alaska as a precautionary measure, according to John F. Kirby from the National Security Council. Over the weekend, the US Northern Command, along with the Alaska National Guard, the FBI, and local law enforcement, worked together to retrieve the object and determine what it was. Due to the harsh weather conditions, with low temperatures and limited daylight, the troops involved are proceeding with caution and are taking their time with the recovery effort.
“We have no further details at this time about the object, including its capabilities, purpose and origin,” according to a Pentagon statement.
There is a lot of speculation in Washington about the origin of the objects recently shot down by the military, but officials are saying that much is still unknown.
The US has a history of monitoring unidentified flying objects that enter its airspace and believes that most such incidents can be explained by foreign surveillance operations, weather balloons, or other airborne objects.
Despite this, most incidents remain officially unexplained. Intelligence agencies are due to deliver a classified report to Congress by Monday that updates a previous report which examined 144 incidents between 2004 and 2021 reported by US government sources, mostly military personnel.
The object that was eventually identified as a Chinese surveillance balloon was first spotted over Alaska on January 28 but did not raise any alarm at the time.
It traveled into Canadian territory and back into US airspace over Idaho on January 31, and was not deemed a threat until it reached the Atlantic on February 4, at which point it was shot down.