On Sunday, February 12th, the US Air Force and Air National Guard said they shot down a third “unidentified flying object” over Lake Huron. Michigan Congress Rep. Elissa Slotkin that pilots of the US Air Force and National Guard took down the flying object.
Congressmen Jack Bergman of Michigan also confirmed the operation Sunday, tweeting, “The US military has decommissioned another ‘object’ over Lake Huron.”
In a statement released by the Department of Defense, “Today at 2:42 p.m. ET, at the direction of President Biden, and based on the recommendations of Secretary Austin and military leadership, an F-16 fired an AIM-9x to successfully shoot down an airborne object flying at approximately 20,000 feet altitude in U.S. airspace over Lake Huron in the State of Michigan. Its path and altitude raised concerns, including that it could be a hazard to civil aviation. The location chosen for this shoot-down afforded us the opportunity to avoid impact on people on the ground while improving chances for debris recovery.”
This recent report dovetails with international reports of the US shutting down the airspace over Lake Michigan due to national defense reasons, according to a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration notice on Sunday. The notice said the airspace was restricted for “national defense” reasons. There was no immediate comment from the Pentagon or the FAA.
It’s been three days since an unidentified object was shot down above North American airspace, according to the operation. On Saturday, an unknown object was shot down over northern Canada. A US F-22 downed an unidentified object on Friday in Alaskan airspace.
Last weekend, F-22s shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.