‘High-altitude object’ shot down over Alaska before entering US airspace

A senior US official told Fox News that the ‘object’ that was shot down over Alaska on Friday entered US airspace before being detected.

The official told Fox News that the object was spotted by the US military when it was “not far off the north coast of Alaska on Thursday night.”

National Security Council spokesman Adm. John Kirby fielded questions from reporters Friday.

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“The president was absolutely involved in this decision. He commanded it…we call it an object because that’s the best description we have right now. We don’t know who owns it,” Kirby said.

Kirby told reporters that the ‘object’ was not humanoid.

“Knowledge of the balloon and track first came to our attention last evening,” Kirby said.

Debris from the object will be recovered as it is shot over the frozen waters near the Arctic Ocean.

Kirby said there was a reasonable threat to civilian aircraft.

A reporter asked Kirby on Friday why China’s spy balloons and other ‘objects’ were not discovered until after they entered US airspace.

“Isn’t it alarming that these objects…both were discovered when they were already flying in US airspace? Should they be detected before entering the US?” asked the reporter.

“We’re … going to learn a lot about how to detect these things in a better way,” Kirby emphasized.


Pentagon spokesman Brig. General Patrick Ryder released more details about the military object fired over Alaska.

He said the aircraft that retrieved the object was an F-22 flying out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

The fighter jet employed the AIM-9X to shoot down the object.