Russian jet buzzes spy plane
A RUSSIAN fighter jet buzzed a US Navy spy plane in the Black Sea on Monday – the first incident of its kind since a close encounter nearby in November.
The Navy EP-3 signals reconnaissance plane was in international airspace at the time, the Pentagon said.
A Russian Su-27 Flanker allegedly came within 1.5m, “crossing directly through the EP-3’s flight path” and causing it to fly through and be knocked off its course by the Russian jet’s wash.
The Russian plane’s interaction lasted two hours and 40 minutes, the Navy said.
“Unsafe actions increase the risk of miscalculation and mid-air collisions,” the Navy statement said.
“The US aircraft was operating in accordance with international law and did not provoke this Russian activity.”
The Pentagon stepped up its reconnaissance flights in the Black Sea in 2014 after Russia seized Crimea.
Russia’s Defence Ministry confirmed the US aircraft did not violate Russian airspace.
POTENT: A Russian Su-27 fighter jet takes off.