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Russian jet intercepts United States aircraft over Black Sea

SU-30MKI SU-30MKI Vitaly Kuzmin
Lillian Steele | 29 November, 2017, 01:04

The incident involved a dramatic close call between a Russian Su-30 fighter jet and a U.S. P-8A Poseidon, disrupting the routine practice of intercepting non-ally aircraft near national waters.

United States officials have accused the Russian pilot of acting in an "unsafe" manner by crossing in front of the Navy P-8. This forced the US aircraft to undergo a 15-degree roll and experience aggressive turbulence.

Approaching at high speed, the Russian jet, equipped with air-to-air missiles, came within five feet of the U.S. aircraft during the 24 minute incident.

"The US aircraft was operating in global airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior".

Moscow justified the actions of the fighter jet by saying that the American aircraft was on course to illegally enter Russian airspace.

Russian military confirmed Tuesday that its warplane drove away a U.S. Navy aircraft last week over the Black Sea.

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. A spokesperson at the US Air Force said in a statement at the time that, "there are global 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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