Feb 13, 2023

U.S. Shoots Down Another Unidentified Flying Object Transcript

U.S. Shoots Down Another Unidentified Flying Object Transcript
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Another high-altitude flying “unidentified object” was shot down Saturday by a US fighter jet over northern Canada at the request of their prime minister. Read the transcript here.

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Natalie Duddridge (00:00):

Developing news, the US shoots down another unidentified object in the sky. Good evening, I’m Natalie Duddridge. Jessica Moore is off tonight. This is now the third known object the US has shot down and it happened over Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he ordered the object’s takedown after it violated Canadian airspace. An F-22 shot it down over the Yukon, which is the Western most Canadian territory. Trudeau says he spoke with President Biden this afternoon and said that Canadian forces will recover and analyze the wreckage. This comes as searchers are still trying to reach the unknown object shot down yesterday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada says on his order, a US War plane shot down an unidentified object that was flying high over Northern Canada. Trudeau said NORAD command shot down the object over the Yukon. Canadian and US aircraft were scrambled according to Trudeau, and a US F-22 successfully fired at the object

Anita Anand (01:01):

Aircraft assigned to NORAD successfully took down this high altitude airborne object at approximately 3:41 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Natalie Duddridge (01:14):

On Friday, US officials say President Biden gave the order for an F-22 to shoot down a separate object flying over Alaska’s icy northern coast. But as investigators work this weekend to gather more information, the object’s origin and purpose remains a mystery.

John Kirby (01:30):

We do not know who owns it, whether it’s state owned or corporate owned or privately owned.

Natalie Duddridge (01:39):

White House National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby said the device described as about the size of a small car was flying at some 40,000 feet and presented a reasonable threat to the safety of civilian flights. Last Saturday, Air Force fighter jets downed the much larger suspected Chinese spy balloon off South Carolina’s coast. Republican Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy says the Chinese balloon should have been taken down much sooner. In a statement he says, “There is very little margin for error. Russian territory is only a few miles away. We are the one state closest to the Korean peninsula and China. Alaska is truly on the front lines.” Also today, the FAA closed some airspace in Montana to support defense department activities. NORAD later said the closure came after it had detected a radar anomaly, but it didn’t find anything. Montana’s airspace is back open.

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