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Radar Anomaly Leads to Temporary Closure of Montana Airspace

The U.S. military temporarily closed the airspace in Montana due to a radar anomaly, but no threatening object was detected.

Radar system image
Radar system image

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) sent fighter jets to investigate, but they found nothing of concern.

Shootdown of Unidentified Cylindrical Object Over Canada

A U.S. F-22 fighter jet shot down an unidentified cylindrical object over Canada, marking the second occurrence in as many days. The U.S. and Canada are on high alert after a suspected Chinese spy balloon was tracked and shot down earlier this month.

Temporary Closure of Airspace in Montana

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) temporarily closed and then reopened the airspace in Montana, banning flights of 50 by 50 nautical miles around Havre, Montana, near the Canadian border. The FAA issued similar restrictions in response to the suspected Chinese spy balloon.

Twitter Statements from Montana Lawmakers

Three lawmakers took to Twitter to address the situation in Montana airspace. Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) stated they were in contact with the U.S. military and closely monitored the situation. Rosendale noted that the issue was due to an object that could interfere with commercial air traffic, and the Department of Defense would resume efforts to observe and ground the object in the morning.