US shoots down unidentified flying object over Alaska skies
New Delhi : The United States has claimed that they have shot down an unidentified object flying over Alaska at around 40,000 feet. The incident comes just after 6 days when the downing of an alleged Chinese spy balloon sparked fresh diplomatic conflict between the US and the China.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said it is unclear what the purpose or origin of the new object was. The US jets have taken it down after it was found to be a threat to civil aviation.
He informed that the object was shot down after taking permissions from the president.
At a press meet in White House, President Joe Biden confirmed the shootdown and called it a "success".
Talking about the size of the object, Kirby claimed that it was around the size of a car and was much smaller than the Chinese balloon that crossed the United States last week.
The incident comes at a time when the US has been alleging China of flying surveillance balloon to collect intelligence around the world.
Deus has claimed that such balloons have flown over 40 countries, including United States.
The unidentified car shaped object was detected on Thursday and was shot down on Friday afternoon (Washington time). It went down in Northern Alaska near the Canadian border and fell over a frozen body of water, making recovery feasible, Kirby said.
China denies US 'spy' claim
As mentioned early in the article, the US has been claiming that China is sending spy balloons across the world. Beijing has straight away rejected the allegations, and informed that the balloon over US was accidentally drifted into the US air space.