Russian fighter buzzes USA recon flight over Black Sea

Minnie Murray
November 8, 2018

The US Navy has posted a video showing one of its planes being intercepted by a Russian jet in global airspace over the Black Sea.

Whether the USA 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.

US Navy videoRussian Su-27 blasts its engines as it passes the EP-3.

The statement from the Navy added that the EP-3 was operating within global law and did not provoke the Russian jet.

The entire incident lasted for 25 minutes. Pahon says the Russian jet then activated its afterburners creating more turbulence, and then made a second pass by the US plane. The Navy posted video of the incident on Monday.

This interaction was unsafe because the Su-27 performed a high-speed flight right in front of the plane, putting the pilots and the crew in jeopardy, "the message said". The official release added that the EP-3 Aries hadn't provoked the Russian jet and urged all countries to adhere to the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas.

The Russian Embassy in the U.S. posted a brief statement on Twitter denying any fault.

In what the US Navy is calling a risky manoeuvre, a Russian Sukhoi fighter jet intercepted a US Navy aircraft multiple times over the Black Sea airspace.

American officials were not initially able to determine if the Russian aircraft was armed or not.

The U.S. aircraft was operating in accordance with global law and did not provoke this Russian activity. It approached the aircraft at a safe distance and identified it as an EP-3E Aries signals reconnaissance version of the US Navy.

A Russian SU-27 jet reportedly intercepted one of the US reconnaissance planes Monday in worldwide airspace.

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