Russian fighter jet performs 'unsafe' 24-minute intercept of USA aircraft

29 November, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Russian Su-27 fighter jet

"The Russian SU-30 crossed in front of the P-8 (from right to left) in afterburner causing a 15 degree roll and violent turbulence".

Approaching at high speed, the Russian jet, equipped with air-to-air missiles, came within five feet of the U.S. aircraft during the 24 minute incident.

A Russian Su-30 Fighter Jet buzzed a reconnaissance US navy aircraft, which was flying over the Black Sea, during the conduction of routine petrol at global airspace on Saturday.

U.S. Navy flight pilots are seen aboard the Boeing P-8A Poseidon plane before its departure to take part in the search for the ARA San Juan submarine missing at sea, at a military air base in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, November 26.

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"After being identified by a Russian fighter, the US reconnaissance plane changed its route and set course away from Russia's airspace", TASS reported, citing the Russian military. This also happened in worldwide airspace. During the last months, similar incidents were registered in the zone of the Baltic Sea and near the Russian western enclave of Kaliningrad, in the Kamchatka peninsula, near the us state of Alaska and in other regions.

Russian military confirmed Tuesday that its warplane drove away a U.S. Navy aircraft last week over the Black Sea.

"This interaction was determined to be unsafe", Henderson said in the emailed statement.

The spokeswoman for the Pentagon said the US aircraft "did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior".

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