LONDON – U.S fighter jets have today shot down an object flying at 40,000 feet in Alaska, with this being confirmed as another Chinese spy balloon.
It is understood that the object has landed on icy plains, making it easier to recover as the water is frozen over.
The U.S. doesn’t know what this object is at this time, with recovery efforts still ongoing for this object.
Alaska: U.S. Tensions Following Chinese Spy Balloon…
North & South Carolina airspace closed down on February 4 as the U.S. armed forces prepared to shoot down the Chinese spy balloon.
This balloon has been flying through U.S. airspace for the last few days, with President Joe Biden stating that he is going to “take care” of this.
With this object in Alaska, White House spokesperson John Kirby said the following on this:
In the press conference, Kirby confirmed that this was indeed another Chinese spy balloon.
“President Biden ordered the military to down the object. And they did … within the last hour”, he stated in the conference.
He also said the “high-altitude object” that was just shot down over Alaska was “much, much smaller” than the Chinese spy balloon and had “no significant payload”: “Roughly the size of a small car, as opposed to … two or three buses size.”
This is a developing story. More to follow.
UPDATE #1 @ 2042 UK time – A Pentagon briefing has just said the object was ‘the size of a small car’ & was shot down at 1845UTC with an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile from a Lockheed F-22 Raptor from Elmendorf AFB near Anchorage.