A Russian fighter jet made an “unsafe” intercept of an American plane, causing the aircraft to make a 15-degree roll through “violent turbulence” over the Black Sea Saturday, the Pentagon said.
The U.S. P-8A Poseidon did nothing to provoke the maneuver, defense spokesperson Michelle Baldanza told the Daily News.
She said the Russian plane crossed in front of the P-8 with full afterburners on, thrusting the American aircraft into the roll.
“The P-8 was forced to fly through the jet wash of the SU-30,” Baldanza said.
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At its closest point, the Russian fighter came within 50 feet of the U.S. jet.
“The Russian military is within its right to exercise within international airspace, but they must respect international standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents,” Baldanza said.
This isn’t the first hairy encounter between U.S. and Russian aircrafts.
In June, a Russian SU-27 fighter jet flew within five feet of a U.S. Air Force RC-15 reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea. The U.S. Navy deemed the interaction safe.
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A Russian fighter also came within 20 feet of a P-8 aircraft in May in a “safe and professional” encounter.
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