11 Feb 2023

Mystery object shot down by US jets – but not a spy balloon

US fighter jets have shot down an unidentified object in the skies over Alaska, although authorities say they don’t believe it was a spy balloon.

The object, which was the size of a car, and reportedly described by one official as silver coloured and cylindrical, was first spotted on Thursday, flying at around the same altitude as commercial airliners.

It comes just a week after a Chinese surveillance balloon was shot down over South Carolina.