Russian Jet Flies Within 10
Feet Of US Spy Plane
7 September, 2016
One day after the US complained when, in the latest provocation between Iran and the US, an Iranian vessels once again "harassed" a US Navy coast patrol in the Persian Gulf, the fourth such incident in less than a month, moments ago Reuters reported that in a return to close airborne encounters between Russia and the US, of which the past year has seen over a dozen, a Russian fighter carried out an "unsafe and unprofessional" intercept of a U.S. spy plane flying a regular patrol over the Black Sea, coming within 10 feet of the American aircraft.
One official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident lasted about 19 minutes and the Russian Su-27 fighter came within 10 feet of the U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane.
"They're up there for 12 hours and there are lots of interactions. But only one of the incidents was what the pilot determined was unsafe," said another official, who was not authorized to speak publicly.
Officials were now talking with the pilot and reviewing the incident to determine whether it would be included in the annual meeting of U.S. and Russian officials about more serious intercepts, Reuters adds.
Meanwhile, the Russian position was different: “On September 7, the US P-8 Poseidon surveillance airplanes tried to approach the Russian border twice…with their transponders off,” Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.
The SU-27 fighter jets that intercepted the US aircraft were acting “in strict accordance with international flight rules,” the statement reads.
There have been a number of similar incidents involving Russia and the United States this year. In April, two Russian warplanes flew simulated attack passes near a U.S. guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea. The events are reminiscent of the Cold War, when a series of close calls led to a bilateral agreement aimed at avoiding dangerous interactions at sea that was signed in 1972 by then-Secretary of the Navy John Warner and Soviet Admiral Sergei Gorshkov.
In a statement, the Pentagon said that "these actions have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries, and could result in a miscalculation or accident which results in serious injury or death."
While we await for the Pentagon to release photos of the incident, we will go with fictional, if just as good, stock footage.
“On September 7, the US P-8 Poseidon surveillance airplanes tried to approach the Russian border twice… with their transponders off,” Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.
The SU-27 fighter jets that intercepted the US aircraft were acting “in strict accordance with international flight rules,” the statement reads