Russian fighter executes 'unsafe intercept' of US Navy plane over Black Sea

Jerome Frank
Ноября 29, 2017

This maneuver caused the Americans to fly through the Flanker's jet wash and resulted in the crew experiencing "violent turbulence".

After the USA accused Russia of buzzing one of its jets in an "unsafe" way over the Black Sea, a decorated Russian general has fired back, saying American airmen had no business flying in these European waters to begin with.

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

The Russian fighter jet came as close as 50 feet to the Navy plane and activated its afterburners as it moved from right to left and flew in front of the US plane.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in global airspace over the Baltic Sea is intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker on June 19, 2017.

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It crossed in front of the US 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.

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

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

The Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet reportedly crossed in front of the U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft on November 25, flying as close as 50 feet, and turned on its afterburners, Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told CNN.

As a result of the "provocative" manoeuvre, the U.S. aircraft did "a 15-degree roll" that could have caused "serious harm and injury to all air crews involved", a USA official said.

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