31 Jan '16, 2am

#Russian jet flies within 15 feet of US #AirForce plane

#Russian jet flies within 15 feet of US #AirForce plane

A Russian fighter jet came within 15 feet of a US Air Force reconnaissance plane in international airspace over the Black Sea on Monday. Pentagon officials said the intercept by a Russian Su-27 pilot took place in "an unsafe and unprofessional manner" which put "both the American flight crew and himself at risk". The Russian pilot flew as close as 15 feet alongside the US RC-135U reconnaissance plane, before banking to the right "with a heavy amount of power, which caused a destabilising action for the RC-135", a Defence Department official told ABC News . US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft lifts off in this undated file photo. A similar plane was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 on 25 January, 2016 The Russian military has not commented on the report. The RC-135 carries state-of-the-art intelligence equipment, which is able to "detect, identify and geolocate signal...

Full article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russian-je...

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