President Joe Biden told CNN on Sat that the attack and destruction of a “high-altitude object” hanging above Alaska “was a success,” just after American national security officials revealed that the commanding officer gave the US military permission to perform the operation.
Biden’s decision to fire down a suspicious Chinese spy blimp off the coast of South America, Virginia, last Saturday. On this occasion, the president was more persistent in taking down the item in Alaska, but critical questions about the spacecraft’s origin and purpose remained unanswered.
According to a US official, when the item was discovered on Thursday, F-35 fighters were dispatched to investigate. During a White House press conference, National Security Council coordinator for strategic initiatives John Kirby stated the object had reached 40,000 feet.
In addition to the F-35s’ efforts on Thursday, fighter aircraft engaged with the object again Friday morning. Kirby told reporters that both interactions generated “minimal” information.
It was taken down 10 miles off Alaska’s north shore
The item was taken down by US Northern Command fighter planes. According to US sources, the thing was shot down over icy Arctic Ocean seas near the Canadian border, some 10 miles off Alaska’s north shore.
Later that day, when asked whether he had any comments on the object shot down over Alaska, Biden told CNN, “It was a success.”
The item was shot down by an F-22 fighter jet from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska “at 1:45 p.m. eastern standard time this morning, within US sovereign airspace over US territory water.
He claimed the F-22 shot down the item with an AIM-9X
According to a US official, when the choice to shoot it down was reached, there was no genuine concern about civilian casualties to individuals or things on the ground. According to the official, the US Northern Command and NORAD intended to fire down the UFO during the day since the few hours of sunshine in the far north made it easier to notice a fast-moving aircraft trying to identify and pursue a slow-moving object.
Crashed over Alaska
The device that crashed over Alaska was far smaller than that of the Chinese surveillance balloon that crashed over territorial seas on Saturday. The payload of the Chinese balloon dropped last Saturday was characterised as about the size of three buses by US authorities, but the high-altitude device that crashed on Friday was estimated as the size of a compact vehicle. The second flying object has not been assigned to any government or entity by the United States.