(Reuters) – A day earlier than a U.S. army jet shot down a suspected Chinese language spy balloon off the nation’s Atlantic Coast on Saturday, Colombia’s army confirmed a sighting of an airborne object much like a balloon flying over its territory.
Colombia’s air drive issued a press release on Saturday offering restricted particulars regarding a potential balloon its air protection system had situated Friday morning.
U.S. army officers on Friday stated one other Chinese language balloon was noticed someplace over Latin America however didn’t specify its location.
In accordance with the Colombian air drive assertion, an “object” was detected over its territory at an altitude of 55,000 toes that had entered the South American nation’s airspace to the north shifting at a median pace of 25 knots, or roughly 29 miles per hour.
The assertion added that the thing exhibited “traits much like these of a balloon,” and that the air drive monitored it till it left the nation’s airspace.
“It was decided that it didn’t signify a menace to nationwide safety,” the assertion added.
No different official affirmation of unidentified balloons flying over different Latin American international locations has been issued as of Sunday.
In latest days, nevertheless, balloon sightings have been made in Venezuela and Costa Rica by a number of social media customers.
The saga of the downed Chinese language spy balloon off the U.S. coast captivated public consideration for days, and was extensively seen as worsening U.S.-Chinese language relations.
(This story has been refiled to repair the typo in paragraph 5)