US F-22 fighter jet takes down unidentified ‘high-altitude airborne object’ flying over Canada

The North American Aerospace Defense Command announced Saturday afternoon that it was monitoring “high-altitude airborne objects over northern Canada.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the flying object had been shot down.

Published by NORAD statement:

Military aircraft currently operate from Alaska and Canada in support of the activities of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD has confirmed that it has reliably identified a high-altitude airborne object over northern Canada. While we are unable to discuss details related to these activities at this time, it should be noted that NORAD conducts sustained and dispersed operations in the defense of North America through one or all three NORAD regions. NORAD is a U.S.-Canadian bilateral organization responsible for North American aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning missions.

Trudeau writes: twitter: “I have ordered the removal of an unidentified object that has violated Canadian airspace. @NORAD command Shot down an object over the Yukon. Canadian and US aircraft scrambled and her US F-22 successfully opened fire on the object. I spoke with President Biden this afternoon. Canadian forces retrieve and analyze the remains of the object. Thanks to his NORAD for watching over North America. ”

There have been no reports yet identifying the “high-altitude aerial object” — whether it resembles the Chinese spy balloon allegedly shot down off the coast of South Carolina on February 4, or an unidentified flying object roughly the same size. A small car flying at an altitude of about 40,000 feet crashed in northeastern Alaska on Friday.

This article is preliminary and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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