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American Pilots Alerted as New Massive Foreign Object Appears in Skies

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Aviators are being warned about a flying object near American airspace.

The Federal Aviation Administration notified pilots that a large white balloon had been sighted approximately 600 miles east of Hawaii on Sunday, according to The Drive.

Images on social media displayed a purported air traffic warning regarding the craft, according to The Sun.

The alert in the images described the craft’s altitude as between 40,000 and 50,000 feet, although its precise altitude is unknown.

“Advise [air traffic control] if object is seen.”

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The FAA began notifying pilots of the craft’s presence early Sunday morning, according to The Drive.

The pilots of multiple aircraft have acknowledged receiving the warning in ACARS (Aircraft Communications, Addressing and Reporting System) transmissions.

The craft’s origin and national affiliation is unclear.

Unlike the Chinese surveillance balloon that was shot down after crossing the continental United States, there’s no sign that this balloon has entered U.S airspace yet.

However, the craft’s proximity to the western United States could result in its eventual arrival in North America.

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One estimation of the balloon’s trajectory features it breaching U.S airspace in Hawaii.

A craft identified as an earlier Chinese surveillance balloon crashed off the coast of Hawaii late last year, according to federal officials cited by Fox News.

A Navy P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft was traveling in the direction of the balloon before disappearing from a flight tracker, according to The Drive.

However, the report noted that the flight might not have been connected to the balloon.

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“We cannot say with any certainty that it was on a mission to search for the balloon and observe it, but it would match with the direction for doing so,” the report stated

“Still, P-8s often reposition back to the continental United States along these types of routes, so it is just interesting at best at this point,” it concluded.

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