Military shoots down ‘high altitude object’ over Alaska

President Joe Biden ordered the military to shoot down a “high altitude object” flying over Alaskan airspace in the last hour, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said Friday.

“The object was flying at an altitude of 40,000 feet and posed a reasonable threat to the safety of the civilian flight,” Kirby said at a White House press briefing. “Out of an abundance of caution and at the recommendation of the Pentagon, President Biden ordered the military to down the object, and they did, and it came inside our territorial waters.”

Kirby said the object was much smaller than the Chinese spy balloon that was shot down near South Carolina last Saturday, and is about the “size of a small car.” Kirby said a “recovery effort will be made” for the object, which he said landed on frozen water off the coast of Alaska.

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