US jets shoot down latest ‘unidentified object’ flying over Canada
AAnother unidentified flying object in North America was shot down, this one over Canada.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday he had ordered the downing of an unidentified object that “violated Canadian airspace.” The North American Aerospace Defense Command shot down the object with a US F-22, Trudeau said on social media.
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“I spoke to President Biden this afternoon,” Trudeau said in a statement. “The Canadian Forces will now recover and analyze the debris from the object. Thank you NORAD for keeping an eye on North America.”
I ordered an unidentified object shot down that violated Canadian airspace. @NORADcommand shot down the object over the Yukon. Canadian and US aircraft were scrambled, and a US F-22 successfully fired on the object.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 11, 2023
The property was first reported by Global News around 4:15 p.m. EST on Saturday, with NORAD confirming the outlet’s report shortly after.
“Although we are unable to discuss details of these activities at this time, please note that NORAD is conducting ongoing, dispersed operations in defense of North America in one or all three NORAD regions,” said Major Olivier Gallant, a spokesman for NORAD.
Gallant also said military aircraft are “currently operating out of Alaska and Canada in support of (NORAD) activities.”
The report of the flying object over Canada comes shortly after the United States shot down two objects flying over the US, one of which was a Chinese spy balloon. The last object shot down was in Alaska on Friday, although it has not yet been confirmed whether it was also a Chinese spy balloon.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters Friday that President Joe Biden was first alerted to the object’s location overnight, and he ordered the Pentagon to shoot it down as soon as it passed US territorial waters. When asked why the Biden administration shot down the craft before it reached the other parts of the US, Kirby noted that the size was significantly smaller than the first balloon shot down and had “no significant payload.”
A senior US official told Fox News that the “object” had already entered US airspace before it was detected. The unidentified official said the object was spotted by the US military Thursday night while it was “over Alaska, not far from the north shore.”
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Kirby said military personnel are conducting a salvage operation since the water has frozen.