Russian jet intercepts US Navy plane over Black Sea

A pilot gets in a Russian Su-27 fighter jet prior to a rehearsal of an aerobatics show

A pilot gets in a Russian Su-27 fighter jet prior to a rehearsal of an aerobatics show

November 5, the Russian su-27 afterburner was intercepted by USA coast guard patrol plane, EP-3 Aries in worldwide airspace, closed with him just a few meters. "The Russian Su-27 then proceeded to enter the flight path of the U.S. Navy EP-3, crossing within 10 feet and executing a sharp dive below, which resulted in violent turbulence for the U.S. EP-3 and its crewmembers", a Navy statement said.

Pentagon spokesman Pahon said the encounter was unsafe and put the USA pilots and crew at risk.

During the 25-minute intercept, the Navy said the Russian SU-27 sped directly past the front of the aircraft.

The Navy EP-3 was operating out of Souda Bay, Greece, according to Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon.

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

Russia described the January maneuver as legal and said it was escorting the Navy plane, according to a Russian Defense Ministry statement shortly afterward. 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.

"There's just absolutely no reason for this type of behavior", said Pahon, who noted that the American aircraft was flying a routine mission in worldwide airspace "and the Russian aircraft kind of came out of nowhere and did not one, but two passes close to our aircraft".

While the USA military said that their aircraft had acted in accordance with global law and did not provoke "Russian activities".

A Ukrainian Su-27 fighter jet flies during the Clear Sky 2018 multinational military drills at Starokostiantyniv Air Base in Khmelnytskyi Region, Ukraine October 12, 2018.

The EP-3 is a electronic warfare and surveillance plane used by the US Navy.

The Russian Ministry of Defense press service said that the United States intelligence aircraft had been detected and immediately picked up by a Su-27 fighter that identified and escorted it to avoid a violation of Russia's airspace boundary.

A Boeing P-8A Poseidon exploration aircraft and a Global Hawk drone, both of the U.S. Air Force, flew over areas near the Russian southern coast and the confrontation zone in Donbass, Ukraine, on October 28.

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