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US Navy plane has 'unsafe' encounter with Russian jet

29 November 2017

The Russian Su-30 fighter jet buzzed the American Р8А Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea on Saturday.

After the USA accused Russia of buzzing one of its jets in an "unsafe" way over the Black Sea, a decorated Russian general has fired back, saying American airmen had no business flying in these European waters to begin with. This forced the US aircraft to undergo a 15-degree roll and experience aggressive turbulence. The incident reportedly lasted 24 minutes.

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". The US spy plane was approaching at high speed to the Russian border, it said.

The last reported interaction between US and Russian aircraft took place in June when a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 flew within five feet of an American RC-135 reconnaissance plane.

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In June, an armed Russian Su-27 fighter jet intercepted a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea, coming as close as five feet. The U.S. Navy deemed the interaction safe.

The Navy aircraft had its transponder on and was conducting "routine operations in global airspace".

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.

US Navy plane has 'unsafe' encounter with Russian jet