March 28, 2023

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U.S. fighter jet shoots down suspected Chinese spy balloon with missile

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SURFSIDE BEACH — A U.S. military fighter jet shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday, a week after it entered U.S. airspace and triggered a dramatic — and public — spying saga that worsened Sino-U.S. relations.

President Joe Biden said he had issued an order on Wednesday to take down the balloon, but the Pentagon had recommended waiting until it could be done over open water to safeguard civilians from debris crashing to Earth from thousands of feet (meters) above commercial air traffic.

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“They successfully took it down, and I want to compliment our aviators…


2023-02-04 18:24:30

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