The ‘object’ shot down over Alaska on Friday entered US airspace before it was detected, a senior US official told Fox News.
“The official told Fox News that the object was discovered by the US military while it was “over Alaska just off the north coast” on Thursday evening.”
National Security Council spokesman Admiral John Kirby answered questions from reporters on Friday.
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“The president was absolutely involved in this decision. He ordered it… We call this item because it’s the best description we have right now. We don’t know who owns it,” Kirby said.
Kirby told reporters that the ‘object’ was unmanned.
“The knowledge of the balloon and the track first came to our attention last night,” Kirby said.
Debris from the object will be recovered as it was shot down over water that is frozen near the Arctic Ocean.
Kirby said there is a reasonable threat of civilians fleeing.
A reporter asked Kirby on Friday why the Chinese spy balloon and the other ‘object’ were only detected after they entered US airspace.
“Isn’t there concern that these objects…were both detected when they were already flying over American airspace? Should they be detected before they enter the US?” the journalist asked.
Kirby insisted, “we’re going to learn…a lot about how these things…can be detected in a better way.”
Reporter: “Isn’t there concern that these objects…were both detected when they were already flying over American airspace? Should they be detected before they enter the US?
Kirby insists that we’ll…learn a lot about how these things…can be discovered in a better way.” pic.twitter.com/ngZKUk5Gyl
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Pentagon spokesman Brig. General Patrick Ryder revealed more details about the military facility shot down over Alaska.
He said the aircraft that removed the object was an F-22 flying from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
A fighter jet used an AIM-9X to shoot down the object.