The United States is evaluating a plan to shoot down the Chinese spy balloon destined to fly over the Atlantic Ocean. This was reported by Fox News quoting a senior administration official and emphasizing that in this way there would be no risk of wreckage falling on inhabited areas: this is the reason that has so far prompted the US military leaders to advise against shooting down the balloon. Furthermore, the sources specify, there would be the possibility of recovering the wreckage.
The revelations come after President Joe Biden, to a question from journalists who asked him if he would give the order to shoot down the ball, simply replied: “We will take care of it”. According to Pentagon estimates, in the next few hours the balloon should leave the continental United States and begin flying over the Atlantic.
Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the closure of the airspace in some areas of North Carolina and South Carolina, where the Chinese spy balloon would be in transit. Activities at three airports – Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington – were blocked for legal reasons related to the “defense of national airspace”.
“The balloon is flying over 18,000 feet. Don’t try to shoot it! Your rifle bullets can’t reach it,” the York County Sheriff’s Office tweeted in South Carolina, to ward off reckless gestures from some enthusiasts. citizen against spy balloon. “Yes, there are reports that the balloon is flying over our area: be responsible, what goes up then goes down, including bullets”.