Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Close Call: Russian Fighter Jet Intercepts US Navy Plane over Black Sea

Close Call: Russian Fighter Jet Intercepts US Navy Plane over Black Sea

A Russian Su-27 aircraft has intercepted a US EP-3 spy plane in "unsafe" fashion over the Black Sea, the US Navy said.

A Navy EP-3 surveillance aircraft was flying over worldwide airspace Monday when the Russian Su-27 flew at high speed directly in front of it, "which put our pilots and crew at risk", according to a Naval Forces Europe-Africa statement.

The U.S. Navy has released video of what it says was an unsafe interception of a Navy plane by a Russian jet on Monday.

Whether the US military labels an air encounter is unsafe or unprofessional has less to do with the distances between aircraft and more with the behavior of the pilots intercepting the aircraft.

There was no communication between the two planes and the encounter lasted about 25 minutes, Spokesperson Eric Pahon told reporters at the Pentagon.

As noted in the U.S. Navy, EP-3 Aries acted in accordance with global law and did not provoke such Russian activities.

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Also in the U.S. Navy stated that these actions were irresponsible, therefore, appealed to the Russian side with the requirement to behave according to worldwide norms. Passengers reported turbulence during the first pass and vibrations from the second. The video of this incident posted to the website of the U.S. Navy.

In January, the Russian jet intercepted a U.S. aircraft and came within just five feet over the Black Sea.

In turn, Russian Federation has denied the statement of the us authorities that the maneuver was carried out "unsafe".

The Russian Embassy in Washington tweeted that its crew was "preventing a violation of Russian airspace and followed all necessary safety procedures". Navy EP-3E Aries spy plane, it said.

After resolving the issue "in a safe manner", the Su-27 returned to its base.

In January, a Russian fighter flew dangerously close to a US reconnaissance flight over the Black Sea.

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