The US military shot down a fourth unidentified object near the Canadian border. Elissa Slotkin, member of the US House of Representatives from Michigan, announced this on Twitter . According to the Wall Street Journal, the object was shot down by an F-16 fighter jet on the orders of US President Joe Biden.
The object was spotted on February 12 over Lake Huron. The military began to follow him, after which he was shot down by the pilots of the US Air Force and the National Guard. A Canadian official told the WSJ that the incident happened about 20km from the border. The object had the shape of an octagon and flew at an altitude of 6 km, which "posed a danger to civil air traffic."
The United States does not exclude the extraterrestrial origin of the downed objects, said the head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), General Glen van Hoerk, quoted by Reuters. The journalist asked him a question about whether the Pentagon had abandoned the version of the alien origin of objects. Hurk said that he would give intelligence and counterintelligence an opportunity to find out, but now he does not exclude such a version. According to him, the military does not just call them objects, and not balloons, as in the case of the Chinese balloon.
Since the beginning of February, the US Air Force has shot down four objects over the territory of the United States and Canada. The US military says the last three objects are different from the first spy balloon, which belongs to China. For the first time, a Chinese reconnaissance balloon hovered over the United States for several days, later the United States shot down the balloon, after which the Chinese authorities protested . A similar balloon was seen over Latin America, Beijing admitted that both this balloon and the device shot down in the USA belong to China. NYT, citing the State Department, reported that the Chinese balloon was equipped with electronic intelligence equipment, such balloons flew over more than 40 countries. However, the US military later shot down an unknown object off the coast of Alaska on the orders of President Joe Biden, and this object was not like the previous ones.