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 May 2, 2023

Military confirms another aerial object flew over Hawaii

The U.S. military has confirmed another balloon that flew over parts of Hawaii.

The military has been tracking the object since Friday, stating that it poses no threat to national security.

The military's statement

"Applying newly-established parameters for monitoring U.S. airspace, the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) detected and observed April 28th an unmanned, balloon off the coast of Hawaii, floating at approximately 36,000 feet. Ownership of the balloon is unknown, but there is no indication that it was maneuvering or being controlled by a foreign or adversarial actor," a Pentagon spokesperson told the Washington Examiner.

"The balloon did not transit directly over defense critical infrastructure or other U.S. Government sensitive sites, nor did it pose a military or physical threat to people on the ground," the spokesperson added.

More details

"U.S. Indo-Pacific Command responded to an unidentified radar signature Friday in the vicinity of the island of Hawaii," a spokesman for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said, according to NBC News.

"Pacific Air Forces launched three F-22s to assess the situation and visually identified a spherical object. We monitored the transit of the object and assessed that it posed no threat," he added.

"In early February, a Chinese spy balloon was shot down off the Carolina coast after traveling over the US," a previous NBC News report noted.

"The Chinese balloon was able to gather intelligence from several sensitive American military sites and sent the info back to Beijing, according to a previous NBC News report that cited multiple US officials," it continued.

The military also shot down three other unidentified objects shortly after the February Chinese balloon that were not further discussed in detail with the public.

The latest balloon has not been connected with China. However, tensions with the communist nation have grown in recent weeks, especially over issues related to Taiwan.

The latest sighting of a balloon over the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii will have many concerned about the nation's safety and wondering what the U.S. military plans to do in response to the unidentified object.


Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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