According to air traffic control, a large white balloon has been spotted off the northeast coast of Hawaii. The balloon is reported to be flying at an altitude of roughly 40,000 to 50,000 feet (12,000 to 15,000 meters) and pilots were told to be alert if they are flying through the area. A message from the Oakland Oceanic Air Traffic Control Center on Sunday said “a large white balloon had been reported over the Paciic Ocean, about 594 miles (955 kilometers) northeast of Honolulu.”
🚨#BREAKING: A Large White Balloon has been spotted just to the East of Honolulu, Hawaii⁰⁰📌#Honolulu | #Hawaii⁰⁰Currently Multiple Commercial Flights flying through the area have reported through ACARS seeing the Large white Balloon around 500 Miles to the East of Honolulu… https://t.co/23TLWjJH5Q pic.twitter.com/a57S0zr74p
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) February 20, 2023
According to BNO News:
The balloon was reported to be flying at an altitude of roughly 40,000 to 50,000 feet (12,000 to 15,000 meters). “Advice [air traffic control] if object is seen,” the message to pilots said.
The coordinates in the message put the balloon in international airspace in an area where the U.S. handles air traffic control.
The observation comes just over a week after three unidentified objects were shot down in U.S. and Canadian airspace. It remains unknown what they were although it appears increasingly likely that they were benign objects.
Earlier this month, a Chinese balloon which entered U.S. airspace and flew over multiple states was shot down off the coast of South Carolina. A second balloon flew over Latin America. China denied using them for surveillance.
This is a developing story.