Days After US Warning, Colombia Spots Object “Similar To” Balloon
Colombia says an “object” has flooded its territory after Washington warned that a suspected Chinese spy balloon similar to the one shot down off the coast of the United States had been detected in the Philippines. Latin America.
The Colombian Air Force said the object with “a balloon-like feature” was detected on Friday and was “monitored until it left national airspace.”
The object flew at an altitude of 55,000 feet (17,000 meters) and an average speed of 25 knots (29 miles per hour, 46 kilometers per hour), an air force statement Saturday, adding that it “not a threat to national security”. and defense or aviation security.”
The Air Force said it was conducting a coordinated investigation with other countries and organizations “to determine the origin of the object”.
A US warplane on Saturday shot down what it said was a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina, condemning an “unacceptable violation.”
The plane spent several days flying over North America, heightening tensions between Washington and Beijing, which they believe was a weather balloon that had been blown off course.
The Pentagon said on Friday that another Chinese spy balloon was sighted over Latin America, without providing details.
No other Latin American country has reported spotting the plane, while Venezuela on Sunday lashed out at “the US attack on a civilian drone originating from China.” Country.”
Caracas, under US sanctions, said in a statement: “The United States has once again used force instead of treating this situation with the seriousness and responsibility it deserves.”
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