The US navy has shot down a “excessive altitude object” close to Alaska, days after a Chinese language spy balloon was introduced down after flying over the nation.
The thing was flying at about 40,000 ft and posed a “cheap menace” to the protection of civilian plane, stated John Kirby, White Home Nationwide Safety Council spokesman.
Mr Kirby stated that President Joe Biden ordered the navy to shoot down the article, which he described as roughly the scale of a small automobile.
He stated it was not clear what nation the flying object had originated from.
“We have no idea who owns it, whether or not state owned or company owned,” he stated. “We do not perceive the complete objective.”
Nonetheless, the US navy despatched a airplane to look at the article earlier than it was shot down and “the pilot’s evaluation was that this was not manned.”
He stated the article went down on the far northeastern a part of Alaska, close to the Canadian border, and fell into US territorial waters.
“We do anticipate to have the ability to get well the particles, because it fell not solely inside our territorial house, however what we imagine is frozen water, so a restoration effort might be made,” he stated.
The incident got here after the US shot down a Chinese language spy balloon on Saturday.
Officers are nonetheless recovering particles from that object, shot down off the coast of South Carolina.