The U.S. Air Force recently intercepted a spherical object of unknown origin near Hawaii.
The Pentagon has stated that they do not believe it is controlled by a foreign or adversarial actor and that it poses no threat.
The balloon, which was flying at an altitude used by civil aviation, was detected by the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and was monitored as it passed over Hawaii.
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The balloon has since left Hawaii’s airspace and territorial waters and is being tracked by the FAA.
Interesting message from the Air Force's 613th Air Operations Center a couple hours ago to a C-17 that is en route to Honolulu. The 613th AOC focuses exclusively on air operations supporting the National Defense Strategy. pic.twitter.com/zI5rMP59Ah— IntelWalrus (@IntelWalrus) April 29, 2023
The incident occurred three months after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a warning to pilots to be on the lookout for a possible balloon flying at altitudes between 40,000 and 50,000 feet hundreds of miles east of Hawaii.
The incident follows the shooting down of a Chinese spy balloon in February by the U.S. Air Force F-22 over the coast of South Carolina.
Source The Drive