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

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Russian Federation has scrambled a Su-30 fighter jet after detecting an American Р8А Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea, according to a Defense Ministry statement.

The Pentagon confirmed the incident to CNN, which reported the jet came as close as 50ft to the US P-8A Poseidon recon aircraft. The Russian SU-30 approached the plane and identified it as a spy P-8A plane of the U.S. After hovering above it several times, the U.S. airplane changed course and flied away from the limits of this nation, explained the military.

US and Russian aircraft often have encounters in the region, some of which the United States has slammed as unsafe and/or unprofessional.

A U.S. RC-135U flying in worldwide airspace over the Baltic Sea is intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker on June 19, 2017.


As for the unsafe aspects of the Su-30s actions, Baldanza said that its close approach and use of afterburners forced the Poseidon aircraft to enter its "jet wash".

As a result of the "provocative" manoeuvre, the United States aircraft did "a 15-degree roll" that could have caused "serious harm and injury to all air crews involved", a U.S. official said. The Navy aircraft had its transponder on and was conducting "routine operations in global airspace".

U.S. Navy flight pilots are seen aboard the Boeing P-8A Poseidon plane before its departure to take part in the search for the ARA San Juan submarine missing at sea, at a military air base in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, November 26. "Unsafe actions‎ have the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all air crews involved".

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