Tree. And the Chinese spy balloon, the size of three canisters, that had strayed into US airspace was shot down with a single missile, a video showed. The Pentagon said Friday it had surveillance capabilities.
“We successfully removed it and I want to commend our airmen who did it,” said President Joe Biden.
A Reuters photographer who witnessed the shooting said a jet came out of a jet and hit the balloon, but there was no explosion. It then started to fall, the photographer said.
An F-22 fighter made the shot at 2:39 p.m. (1939 GMT), using a single AIM-9X supersonic, heat-seeking air-to-air missile, a senior US military official said.
Incredible HD footage of Chinese surveillance balloon shot down. pic.twitter.com/K1GxdcJuH1
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) February 4, 2023
DailyExpertNews cannot independently verify the authenticity of the video.
The balloon first entered US airspace on Jan. 28 before entering Canadian airspace on Monday. It then re-entered US airspace on Jan. 31, a US defense official said.
Washington called it a “clear violation” of US sovereignty and notified Beijing of the shooting on Saturday, a US official said.
China had expressed regret that an “airship” used for civilian meteorological and other scientific purposes had entered US airspace.
But the Pentagon rules that the balloon was just the latest in a series of Chinese spy balloon activities around the world. On Friday, it said another Chinese balloon was currently flying over Latin America.
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