Russian Fighter Intercepts US Reconaissance Aircraft over Black Sea

Randolph Lopez
November 29, 2017

A RUSSIAN fighter jet buzzed a U.S. aircraft flying over the Black Sea, causing it to roll and suffer violent turbulence during the harrowing mid-air confrontation.

"After being identified by a Russian fighter jet, the US reconnaissance plane changed its route and set course away from Russia's airspace", it added.

The U.S. P-8A Poseidon did nothing to provoke the maneuver, defense spokesperson Michelle Baldanza told the Daily News.

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

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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 U.S. military says a Russian fighter flew within 50 feet of a U.S. Navy reconnaissance jet over the Black Sea with full afterburners on, causing violent turbulence that knocked the American plane into a 15-degree roll.

In June, the pilot of a United States bomber filmed the nail-biting moment a Russian fighter jet swooped alongside him over the Baltic Sea. The U.S. Navy deemed the interaction safe.

According to the Pentagon, the Russian fighter swooped in to follow the USA aircraft while in worldwide airspace-an acceptable precaution after identifying a foreign jet, even though the P-8A had its transponders on.

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