High-altitude object shot down over Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to media in the House of Commons foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada February 1, 2023. REUTERS/Blair Gable
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday said he had ordered the takedown of an unidentified object that was flying at a high altitude over Northern Canada.
“@NORADCommand shot down the object over the Yukon,” Trudeau tweeted. Canadian and U.S. aircraft were scrambled, and a U.S. F-22 successfully shot down the object, he added.
Trudeau said he and U.S. President Joe Biden had been in touch about the mission.
The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) isn’t saying much more about the object, including when it was first spotted or what it is.
The object is the third known to have violated North American airspace in the past two weeks.
A suspected Chinese spy balloon spent nearly a week flying through Canada and the U.S. before it was shot down last Sunday.
The U.S. military shot down a second object in Alaskan airspace on Friday, though it has not provided details on what it was.
—CNBC contributed to this report.