Rus­sian jet buzzes spy plane

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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.

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