United States plane INTERCEPTED by fighter jet close to Russian border

Trevor Jackson
November 29, 2017

A spokesperson for the Pentagon tells CNN that a Russian fighter jet made an "unsafe", unprovoked intercept of a us aircraft in global waters on Saturday, Nov. 25.

It crossed in front of the USA plane from left to right while using its afterburners, the statement said, adding the aircraft were so close that the American patrol plane crossed through the Russian fighter's jet wash. This forced the USA aircraft to undergo a 15-degree roll and experience aggressive turbulence.

The incident occurred last Saturday, when Russian radio-surveillance media identified a SU-30 to prevent violation of its borders, explained the same source.

A US Navy P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine warfare aircraft was intercepted by a Russian Air Force Su-30 Flanker fighter jet on November 25.

Traffic above the shared waters in Europe's southeast has resulted in a handful of tense encounters since relations with Moscow deteriorated in 2014 and the near miss between the Russian and USA jets was among the more spectacular.

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Russian and USA aircraft regularly come into contact in worldwide airspace.

"The U.S. aircraft was operating in global airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior", Baldanza said in the report.

The Russian fighter jet buzzed the US Navy reconnaissance plane at around 1pm local time (10:00 GMT) as it was flying over the neutral waters of the Black Sea, the ministry said. A spokesperson at the US Air Force said in a statement at the time that, "there are worldwide standards to ensure safety and prevent incidents".

"The US aircraft was operating in worldwide airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior", Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said to CNN.

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