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United States questions about aviation safety

In Washington there is a short circuit between the White House and the Democratic majority

After the two aircraft identified and shot down this weekend over the skies of the United States and Canada, and the two most recent alarms raised over American skies but proved to be unfounded, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has called a briefing to take stock of the situation: and understand whether we are dealing with Chinese spy balloons or weather monitoring systems. Meanwhile, a short circuit emerges in Washington.

"They are probably balloons but much smaller than the first one," shot down by the Pentagon a week ago, off the coast of South Carolina. "The Chinese were humiliated, I think we caught them telling lies" about the meteorological aircraft, revealed the leader of the Democratic majority in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, in an interview with the American television station "Abc".

Words corrected a few hours later from the White House: "The objects shot down over Alaska and Canada in recent days did not resemble the Chinese surveillance balloon that was shot down off the coast of South Carolina South and were much smaller than the People's Republic of China balloon. Not we will definitively characterize them, until we can recover the debris, which we are working on", Sullivan said.

It is a warning and an invitation, that of Sullivan to Schumer, to be cautious and not to rush forward, also to avoid accusations or suspicions of lack of transparency against the Biden administration, already accused by the Republican party for having reacted with guilty delay on the Chinese spy balloon. Meanwhile, Chinese media report a flying object sighted in Shandong province, in eastern China, ready to be shot down.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency