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| 15 April 2024, Monday |

Colombia confirms possible balloon in its airspace

The Colombian military reported seeing an aerial device like a balloon traveling over its territory the day before a U.S. military plane shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon near the country’s Atlantic coast on Saturday.

The Colombian air force sent a statement on Saturday with few information on a potential balloon that its air defense system may have discovered on Friday.

An more Chinese balloon was observed somewhere above Latin America, according to U.S. military sources on Friday, but they did not identify where.

According to the Colombian air force statement, an “object” was detected over its territory at an altitude of 55,000 feet that had entered the South American country’s airspace to the north moving at an average speed of 25 knots, or roughly 29 miles per hour.

The statement added that the object exhibited “characteristics similar to those of a balloon,” and that the air force monitored it until if left the country’s airspace.

“It was determined that it did not represent a threat to national security,” the statement added.

No other official confirmation of unidentified balloons flying over other Latin American countries has been issued as of Sunday.

In recent days, however, balloon sightings have been made in Venezuela and Costa Rica by multiple social media users.

The saga of the downed Chinese spy balloon off the U.S. coast captivated public attention for days, and was widely seen as worsening U.S.-Chinese relations.

    Source:
  • Reuters