Montana Air Space Shut Down Over Unidentified Object

Federal authorities temporarily shut down the airspace over Montana recently, with the Department of Defense sending a fighter jet to investigate an anomaly that was spotted on the radar.

According to the New York Post, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sent a notice at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday banning flights in an area about 50 by 50 nautical miles around Havre, Montana, near the Canadian border. The FAA classified the affected area as “national defense airspace” during the shutdown.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed in a statement that the FAA shut down the central Montana airspace after NORAD detected a radar anomaly. NORAD revealed that the jet that was sent to investigate the anomaly did not find any object to correlate with the radar hits.

However, Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) said he was in contact with the U.S. Northern Command (NORCOM) and that he was told that the authorities are confident that there is an object and not just an anomaly.

Sen Jon Tester (D-MT), whose home state is below the airspace, echoed Rosendale’s sentiments. Tester told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that there may still be something in the airspace.

Tester added that the pilot sent to investigate the anomaly could have missed it because it was too dark to draw a definitive conclusion.

“I’m sure as we speak it’s being checked out right now,” Tester said.

The incident occurred after a U.S. military jet shut down an unidentified airborne object over Canada’s Yukon Territory on Saturday. The incident forced Canadian authorities to close the airspace over parts of Yukon at around 4:50 p.m.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the news in a tweet, adding that Canadian and U.S. aircraft were scrambled and a U.S. F-22 jet successfully fired at the object.

Trudeau, who spoke with President Joe Biden about the object, revealed that Canadian forces are working to recover and analyze the wreckage of the object.