US Navy plane has 'unsafe' encounter with Russian jet

Russian Su-30

GETTYThe Russian Su-30 flew from the right to the left of the US plane

The maneuver turned into a violent turbulence at its wake, impelling the P-8A to forcefully deal with a roll of 15 degree, says Baldanza.

It crossed in front of the US plane from left to right while using its afterburners, the statement said, adding the aircraft were so close that the American patrol plane crossed through the Russian fighter's jet wash.

A Russian fighter jet reportedly made unsafe maneuvers near a us aircraft flying over the Black Sea, CNN reported on November 17.

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Approaching at high speed, the Russian jet, equipped with air-to-air missiles, came within five feet of the USA aircraft during the 24 minute incident.

The Russian SU-30 fighter jet used its afterburners as it flew in front of the U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane.

In June, the pilot of a U.S. bomber filmed the nail-biting moment a Russian fighter jet swooped alongside him over the Baltic Sea.

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"After moving closer, the Russian [Su-30] fighter jet flew over the object and visually identified it as an American reconnaissance aircraft Р8А Poseidon", the statement reads.

The U.S. P-8A Poseidon did nothing to provoke the maneuver, defense spokesperson Michelle Baldanza said.


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.

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