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Russian fighter jet flies dangerously close to intercept a US Navy plane

Russian fighter jet flies dangerously close to intercept a US Navy plane”

Earlier, the US Navy slammed Russian Federation for the actions of the Su-27 jet that intercepted the US EP-3 Aries spy plane in a manner that was deemed unsafe.

The video, which the Navy posted on Twitter, shows a Su-27 flying close to the USA spy plane, showing its underbelly before blasting away.

"Jet wash" from the Russian engines posed a danger to aircraft flying nearby as the pilot charged up his afterburners.

In a statement, the Navy says that the EP-3 Aries aircraft was flying in worldwide airspace over the Black Sea when it was intercepted by the Russian SU-27.

The duration of the intercept was about 25 minutes, during which the Su-27 made two passes near the EP-3E aircraft.

The SU-27 then made a second pass of the United States plane and applied its afterburner while conducting a banking maneuver, which is believed to have caused a vibration that was experienced by the American crew.

Officials so far, have not been able to estimate how close the Russian aircraft came to the USA plane, but described the flight behavior of the Russians as the key factor in making the determination the encounter was unsafe.

It called the Russian SU-27 aircraft's interaction with its EP-3 Aries "irresponsible" and "unsafe" due to the "high speed pass".

'The crew of the EP-3 reported turbulence following the first interaction, and vibrations from the second'.

The statement from the Navy added that the EP-3 was operating within global law and did not provoke the Russian jet.

Moscow has denied U.S. claims that one of its planes was intercepted over the Black Sea by an Su-27 jet in an "unsafe manner".

After reporting back to the communications intelligence unit, the fighter jet escorted it away from the Russian airspace "in compliance with all security and safety requirements", it said.

It was not clear how close the Russian aircraft had come to the American plane.

In a press briefing following the incident, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said that there was "just absolutely no reason for this type of behavior".



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