Well I don't know more about the US or Canadian military but I have traveled extensively in Canada. The vast majority of the country is uninhabited. I have also been to Montana where like most states the population centers are in the cities. Montana would roughly be 70% the geographic size of France. Yet it has only 1.1 million people. The majority of Montana is desolate with its remoteness, weather, and rugged terrain making it not suitable for development.
This notion that they did not want the balloon to come down and hurt someone on the ground is laughable. Instead lit was preferable to let it continue its spy mission for 8 days and then shoot it down over the Atlantic. The chances of the balloon hitting anything in Montana are only slightly greater than the balloon striking some boat in the Atlantic. If this was a missle, or airplane incursion would you equally favor them letting those continue unimpeded or would the worry about falling missle or aircraft parts not be the same as those from a balloon.
One way or another the primary objective should have been to stop whatever intelligence gathering operation the balloon was on not recover the electronics. I would think that if they wanted to recover the electronics as part of their mission shooting it with bullets from a 50 caliber machine gun on a fighter aircraft would have caused the balloon to slowly deflate and land at least somewhat soft. I am not sure but at lower altitudes as the balloon was losing air from the bullets if helicopters could have grappled it. They are powerful enough to lift tanks. Even if that was not true and the electronics were destroyed during the crash, was letting it go for 8 days unimpeded really preferable to losing whatever could be retrieved. Also this notion that somehow blasting it into the Atlantic saved anything is laughable. They shot the balloon with a missle which would have caused the balloon to explode possibly damaging or destroying whatever electronics it had on board. Finally, so it landed in the Atlantic. You mean to tell me that somehow it didn't sink. If they could accurately determine and immediately salvage it in the Atlantic there is no reason they could not do exactly the same thing in the Pacific over the Aleutian islands.
Actually the report states that everyone was wearing lifejackets...
Is it roofs or rooves? Only one of these words is considered a correct plural form of the word roof.
Roofs is the correct plural form.
Rooves is a spelling error that should be avoided.