‘Not aliens’: White House still can’t identify mysterious objects it has shot down

Washington: The US has still not been able to identify the mysterious objects shot down in North American airspace over the past few days, but has categorically ruled out alien involvement.

After military jets shot down a third aerial object in as many days, the Biden administration still can’t explain what kind of objects are floating in the skies and who exactly owns them, as authorities were still trying to recover debris.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby discusses the mystery.Credit:AP

However, White House press secretary Karine Jean Pierre walked back comments made by US Air Force General Glen VanHerck, who yesterday said he had “not ruled out anything at this point” – including the possibility of aliens or extraterrestrials.

“There is no indication of aliens or extraterrestrial activity with these recent take downs,” she said.

The comments came after a US F-16 fighter jet shot down an aerial object on Sunday (Monday AEDT) over Lake Huron in Michigan near the Canadian border.

The object was shaped like an octagon and flying at an altitude of 20,000 feet (6100 metres) – at least 10,000 feet lower than an everyday aircraft.

Another object, this time a cylindrical shaped, was also shot down over Canadian skies in central Yukon on Saturday, one day after an unidentified object roughly the size of a small car was shot over the coast of Alaska on Friday.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the three objects were not sending out communications signals, were unmanned and did not have maneuvering or propulsion capabilities.

However, they flew lower than the Chinese spy balloon shot that traversed the United States early this month, thereby posing a threat to civilian air traffic.

An unidentified aerial phenomena on a screen during a hearing on Capitol Hill in May.Credit:AP

But one of the reasons more objects were being taken down, he explained, was because the North American Aerospace Defence Command, or NORAD, adjusted its filters and radar capabilities “to look more discretely” at high altitude, small radar, aerial objects.

“We’re looking for them,” he said.

More to come.

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