Russian aircraft makes “unsafe” intercept of US Navy plane
On November 25, 2017, the Russian Su-30 fighter jet made an “unsafe” intercept of the US P-8A Poseidon aircraft while it was flying over the Black Sea, CNN informs.
The Russian aircraft crossed in front of the US plane from right to left while engaging its afterburners, forcing the P-8 to enter its jet wash, which caused the US plane to go through “a 15-degree roll and violent turbulence,” a spokeswoman for the Pentagon Michelle Baldanza told CNN. The Russian fighter jet was flying 50 feet from the US aircraft. The intercept lasted 24 minutes. According to Baldanza, the US aircraft did not provoke the Russian jet for these actions.
The Russian military department confirmed that the Su-30 fighter made an intercept of the US combat aircraft over the Black Sea, NTV.Ru informs.
The press service of the Russian Southern Military District reported that “the Russian control facilities detected an air target over the neutral waters of the Black Sea that was approaching the Russian border at high speed.” The Su-30 fighter was raised for the interception of the target. It circled the object and identified it as the US P-8A Poseidon aircraft, after what “the US plane immediately changed the flight path and flew away from the Russian airspace, so the Su-30 jet returned to the airfield.”
The last reported “unsafe” interaction between Russia and the US was reported in June 2017. The Russian Su-27 fighter jet flew within five feet from the US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea, CNN reported. This interaction was determined to be unsafe, due to the high rate of closure speed and poor control of the Russian aircraft during the intercept, the Pentagon stated back then. Russia explained that it intercepted two US reconnaissance aircraft as they “approached the Russian state border.”
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