Published: 3:14 PM 2/13/2023
four UFOs were shot down
The renewed interest comes as four UFOs were shot down over US and Canadian airspace just days after a Chinese "spy balloon" flew over the country before being shot down over the sea.
The Pentagon said it is investigating 171 unexplained UFO sightings in a report released just a month before four unidentified objects were shot down over North America.
The government's efforts to document the mysterious objects, known in official terms as “unidentified aerial phenomena”(UAPs), has led to hundreds of incidents being looked into, senior military leaders have said.
This comes as an object floating through US airspace was shot down on Sunday with officials refusing to rule out an alien origin.
On orders from President Joe Biden, a US fighter jet shot down an “unidentified object” over Lake Huron, near the border with Canada.
It was the fourth such downing in eight days and follows accusations from the US military against China of an extended surveillance operation.
Remains of the three latest objects shot down are being analysed, and their origin has not been determined yet, with an official refusing to rule out that this might be extra-terrestrial.
When asked on Sunday, General Glen VanHerck, who is in charge of North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command, said: "I'll let the intel community and the counterintelligence community figure that out. I haven't ruled out anything.
"At this point, we continue to assess every threat or potential threat, unknown, that approaches North America with an attempt to identify it."