After Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister ordered it to be brought down, an American aircraft on Saturday shot down “an unidentified object that breached Canadian airspace.”
A U.S. F-22 with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), according to Trudeau, “effectively shot at the object” above the Yukon. Additionally, Canadian planes were scrambled.
Joe Biden, with whom he had spoken, was informed, and “Canadian Forces will now retrieve and study the debris of the item,” he continued.
According to the New York Times, authorities are still trying to identify the item.
The alleged violation of Canadian airspace occurred only one day after NORAD shot down an unknown object over Alaskan territorial waters and a week after the American military shot down a Chinese spy balloon that had been traveling the nation for days.
In a news statement on Saturday, NORAD stated that “recovery activities are continuing today near Deadhorse, Alaska.”
According to the press statement, search and recovery operations are being carried out by NORAD and the Alaska National Guard “in close conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement.”
“The high-altitude surveillance balloon that was brought down off the coast of South Carolina on February 4 was not close in size or form to the object,” according to Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary, on Friday. “The thing was roughly the size of a compact vehicle.”
Recovery attempts for the debris of the spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina are still ongoing, according to NORAD.