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

A P-8A Poseidon
A P-8A Poseidon
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29 November, 2017

The maneuver turned into a violent turbulence at its wake, impelling the P-8A to forcefully deal with a roll of 15 degree, says Baldanza.

A Russian fighter jet on Saturday intercepted an American reconnaissance aircraft over the worldwide waters of the Black Sea, local media reported Tuesday.

The Russian SU-30 approached the plane and identified it as a spy P-8A plane of the U.S. After hovering above it several times, the U.S. airplane changed course and flied away from the limits of this nation, explained the military.

The Pentagon confirmed the incident to CNN, which reported the jet came as close as 50ft to the US P-8A Poseidon recon aircraft.

"The US aircraft was operating in global airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior".

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US and Russian aircraft often have encounters in the region, some of which the United States has slammed as unsafe and/or unprofessional.

This incident comes almost six months after a Russian Su-27 fighter jet intercepted a U.S. RC-135 aircraft over the Baltic Sea by flying within five feet of it.

"The Russian military is within its right to exercise within global airspace, but they must respect worldwide standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents", Baldanza said.

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

"The US aircraft was operating in worldwide airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior", Pentagon spokesperson Michelle Baldanza said.


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