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US F-22 Plane Shoots Down Chinese Spy Balloon

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WASHINGTON: An alleged Chinese Spy Plane, that had spent a number of days flying at an altitude of 60,000 feet over USA, was shot down by means of a missile fired by an American F-22 plane here on Sunday (5th of February, 2023).

While Pentagon’s manoeuvre was applauded by Biden Administration, China registered its strong dissatisfaction and warned of possible responses.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin justified the shooting by terming Chinese action as violation of US sovereignty.

Nevertheless, Chinese foreign ministry claimed that the Balloon was seriously deviated from its scheduled route due to westerly winds.

Pointing towards limited ability to control its direction, China regretted that the balloon strayed into US.

The alleged Spy Balloon (as big as three omni buses) was shot down off the coast of S. Carolina and dropped in 14-feet deep water.

An operation is underway to recover the debris of the alleged Spy Balloon.

In the backdrop of augmenting tensions between US and China it has been insinuated that the alleged Spy Balloon had flew over US defense-related sensitive spots.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.

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