In a surprising turn of events, a recent report has suggested that an object initially thought to be a Chinese spy balloon, taken down by a U.S. F-22
fighter jet in February over Canada’s Yukon territory, may fall into the category of ‘Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena’ or ‘UAP.’ These terms are the official way of referring to what most people know as “unidentified flying objects” or “UFOs.” Over the past few months, the U.S. government has intensified its investigations into these mysterious aerial occurrences.
A Secret Memo Reveals the Incident
On September 6, CTV News, a Canadian news outlet, disclosed that Canadian
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had received a classified memo about
“Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)” back in February. This memo,
obtained through a freedom of information request, unveiled that an
unidentified object was detected and shot down in Canada’s Yukon Territory on
This incident happened shortly after an F-22 fighter jet took down a
suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on February 4.
Between February 10 and 12, U.S. fighter jets intercepted and downed three more
unidentified objects, with the Yukon incident being one of them.
The Scope of the Mystery
The “Secret” memo disclosed that the Yukon object marked the 23rd
occurrence of a “UAP” tracked over North America in the early weeks
of 2023. The memo explained that the North American Aerospace Defense Command
(NORAD) assigns sequential numbers to these yearly detected objects to monitor
each unidentifiable phenomenon. However, many of these objects turn out to be
harmless and not deserving of higher-level attention.
In the case of Object #23, its purpose, means of propulsion, or affiliation
with any specific nation-state remained unconfirmed. The memo, sent on February
14, was labeled as “Secret” and designated for “limited
distribution,” underscoring its sensitivity.
Fighter Jets and Mystery Objects
Following the February 4 incident involving the suspected Chinese spy
balloon, “UAP #23” was one of three unidentified objects intercepted
by fighter jets over North America earlier that year. These objects were
significantly smaller than the 200-foot-tall apparent Chinese surveillance
device. The Yukon object was identified on February 11 and swiftly shot down by
a U.S. F-22 fighter jet on the same day. During the initial encounter,
officials described it as a “suspected Chinese Spy balloon” with a
The memo clarified that NORAD Canadian CF-18 Hornets were also dispatched,
but the F-22s had better positioning with regard to time, space, and
diminishing daylight conditions. The memo concluded by assuring that updates
and information would be provided as additional Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
(UAP) were detected.
Challenges and Uncertainties
Efforts to recover debris from the Yukon object were halted on February 17
due to the challenging winter conditions and the remote mountainous terrain.
The memo also noted uncertainty regarding whether the object posed an armed
threat or possessed intelligence collection capabilities. Furthermore, the
impact area served as a known migration route for caribou, increasing the
likelihood of accidental discovery by Indigenous hunters.
Canadian Approach to Unidentified Phenomena
The Canadian military typically refrains from investigating unidentified or
unexplained occurrences unless they are linked to credible threats, potential
threats, or situations involving possible distress, such as search and rescue
operations. The sensitive document was heavily redacted, with the principal
reasons cited being national security and cabinet secrecy. Nonetheless, Canada
and the United States cooperate in addressing such phenomena, transcending
Historically, the Canadian military has focused on investigating unknown or
unexplained phenomena when they pose credible threats. This case seems to align
with that criterion, further indicating a change in attitude toward UAPs not
only in Canada but also globally.
In the United States, this shift is exemplified by increased investigations
conducted by the Pentagon and NASA.