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.