Russian intercept of US Navy plane causes 'violent turbulence'

29 November, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • USA and Russia

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

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. It is reported that the incident lasted for around 24 minutes.

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 US jets was among the more spectacular.

"The U.S. aircraft was operating in global airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior", Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, told reporters.

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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 USA plane.

In June, a Russian SU-27 fighter jet flew within five feet of a U.S. Air Force RC-15 reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea. The US spy plane was approaching at high speed to the Russian border, it said. The U.S. Navy deemed the interaction safe.

"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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