Russian Jet Flies within 5 Feet of US Navy Plane


A Russian military jet got within five feet of a U.S. Navy surveillance plane flying over the Black Sea on Monday, U.S. Naval Forces Europe said.

The unsafe intercept by a Russian SU-27 fighter plane happened while a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries was flying in international airspace, according to the Navy.

“This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the SU-27 closing to within five feet and crossing directly through the EP-3’s flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the SU-27’s jet wash,” Navy Capt. Pamela Kunze, spokeswoman for U.S. Naval Forces Europe, said in a statement.

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