United States officials say that the Navy shot down a car-sized UFO over Alaska. This is less than a week after a fighter jet shot down a Chinese spy balloon that had traveled all the way from China to the continental US.
A Navy fighter jet shot down an unidentified flying object over Alaska. According to US officials, a fighter jet engaged the UFO over the freezing water off the coast of Alaska after President Joe Biden gave a green light for Navy fighters to engage. This is according to White House spokesperson John Kirby. Republicans had called the Democratic administration weak for failing to shoot down the Chinese spy balloon as it hovered over Montana last week, a step Pentagon generals had advised against, fearing debris could injure people on the ground. This allowed the alleged spy balloon to travel quite a distance across the American sky. But when a UFO popped up above Alaska, the president and his advisors did not hesitate, giving a direct order and scrambling fighter jets to intercept and eventually shoot down the unidentified flying object. Regrettably, there isn’t much information about what the pilots shot down, and all currently available information is vague.
UFO over Alaska
Speaking to the press, Mr. Kirby said that the White House could confirm that the department of defense was tracking a high-altitude object over Alaska airspace. The unidentified flying object was flying at an altitude of 40,000 feet and posed a reasonable threat to civilian flight. Mr. Kirby continued explaining that, out of an abundance of caution. After the recommendation of the Pentagon, President Biden ordered the military to “down” the object, which they successfully did. The object came down inside the United States Territorial Waters. Mr. Kirby explained that those waters are now frozen but still within American territory. This implies that recovery of the debris would be much easier.
Not an aircraft
The nature of the object was not discussed, and there was no information on whether this was another “spy” balloon or something entirely else. We know that, based on reports, it has been estimated that the object that was downed by the military was approximately the size of a car. The owner of this enigmatic object remains a mystery, and during the press conference, Mr. Kirby explained that the government does not currently know who the proprietor is nor where it came from. “If it were another Chinese spy balloon, that indicates that China is either incompetent to operate these platforms or could deliberately provoke the US,” said Michael P. Mulroy, a former Pentagon official. “It is also important that the US and China maintain direct communications at times like this. Especially among the military.”
U.S. Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson, explained that US pilots who flew alongside the latest downed object determined there “was no human” on board. Furthermore, Ryder revealed that the object seemed “incapable” of maneuvering and did not resemble an airplane. During a news briefing, he told the press that it wasn’t an aircraft per se.