Russian fighter jet performs 'unsafe' 24-minute intercept of United States aircraft

29 November, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • A Russian fighter jet made an “unsafe” intercept of an American plane causing the aircraft to make a 15-degree roll through “violent turbulence” over the Black Sea Saturday the Pentagon said

After the US 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.

A RUSSIAN fighter jet buzzed a United States aircraft flying over the Black Sea, causing it to roll and suffer violent turbulence during the harrowing mid-air confrontation. The incident reportedly lasted 24 minutes.

She later told Newsweek: "Unsafe actions have the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all air crews involved".

A huge military exercise has be staged in the Kamchatka region of far eastern Russian, where more than 1,000 Russian infantrymen from the National Guard of the Russian Federation took part in drills and training.

The Navy aircraft had its transponder on and was conducting "routine operations in worldwide airspace".

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The U.S. P-8A Poseidon did nothing to provoke the maneuver defense spokesperson Michelle Baldanza said

However the Russian jet crossed in front of the U.S. plane from right to left, the Pentagon told CNN, engaging its afterburners, thereby prompting the U.S. Poseidon to spanner into "a 15-degree roll and violent turbulence".

"The Russian military is within its right to exercise within global airspace, but they must respect worldwide standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents", Baldanza said.

The interception of the Russian bombers was considered to be "safe and professional" by U.S. officials.

The Pentagon confirmed the incident to CNN, which reported the jet came as close as 50ft to the US P-8A Poseidon recon aircraft.


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