FBI agents examine one of the downed objects (Reuters)
A US warplane shot down an “unidentified object” flying high over the Yukon on Saturday, a day after the US took a similar action over Alaska.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told a news conference that they have not yet been able to definitively assess what these objects are, but that there is “no indication of extraterrestrial activity” in the downed objects.
“There is no indication of aliens … with these recent shootdowns, (I) wanted to make sure the American people knew,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters, after a senior US official refused. to rule out that one day before.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command, the combined U.S.-Canada organization that provides shared defense of the two nations’ airspace, detected the high-flying object Friday night over Alaska, U.S. officials said. It crossed Canadian airspace on Saturday.
Kirby added that the United States has not yet determined what the objects are, but does not believe they pose a direct threat, except for concerns about civil aviation. However, since it could not be ruled out that they were not carrying out surveillance activities, they decided to shoot them down: “[El presidente Biden] he ordered it on the recommendation of Pentagon leadership. He wanted it removed. And they did that. They did it using fighter jets assigned to the US Northern Command.”
Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand told a news conference in Ottawa that the object, flying at about 40,000 feet, had been shot down at 3:41 p.m. EST, about 100 miles from the Canada-United States border. United in central Yukon. A recovery operation involving the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP was underway.
Hours later, in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration said late Saturday that it had closed some airspace in Montana to support Defense Department activities. NORAD later said the shutdown, which lasted just over an hour, came after it detected “a radar anomaly” and sent fighter jets to investigate. The aircraft did not identify any objects to correlate with the radar hits, NORAD said.
F-22 fighter jets have now shot down three objects in the airspace over the US and Canada over seven days, a startling development that raises questions about what, exactly, is hovering overhead and who sent them.
(With information from AFP and AP)