Four Chinese Spy Balloons Shot Down Over North America; US Navy Recovers Payload

( – More details emerge from the U.S. Navy’s recovery operation of a Chinese surveillance balloon shot down over the Atlantic Ocean by the U.S. F22 fighter jet on February 4.

A significant portion of the surveillance balloon’s payload was recovered by a crane in the waters off the coast of South Carolina, ABC News reported. The recovered portion was an estimated 30 feet long.

In the days following the appearance of the first aircraft, three other objects appeared in the North American skyline, and were intercepted by the United States military, The New York Times reported. A third object was spotted in the Canadian skyline on February 10, making for four total spotted craft as of Monday, February 13, ABC reported.

The United States military is still conducting reconnaissance on the other object identified in the United States skyline on February 10, ABC News reported. This craft was shot out of the sky over Alaska. The U.S. military continues to search for the debris amid bad weather and icy conditions. The incident came roughly one week after the first craft was shot down, The New York Times reported.

Another object was shot down over Lake Huron, Michigan on February 12, ABC wrote. Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian authorities are still searching for this craft. Because there was a good visual of the general area where the craft was shot down, authorities are confident they will locate this craft.

The aircraft shot down above Lake Huron was the “fourth in three days” USA Today reported. This, Air Force Gen. Glen Van Herck, was the “first time in American history” that U.S. warplanes shot down aircraft over or near the United States.

Since the U.S. intercepted the balloon, the Chinese Communist regime has accused the United States of launching similar balloons over China’s national airspace, ABC reported.

Interest in spy balloons has been increasing across the globe even before the Chinese spy balloon was shot down, with the United States and the United Kingdom investing in surveillance balloon craft, The New Scientist reported.

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