Navy Plane Buzzed By Russian Fighter Over International Waters

A P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft experienced an “unsafe” and “irresponsible” intercept by a Russian fighter jet over international waters on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Navy.

The P-8A was intercepted by a Russian SU-35 “three times over the course of 175 minutes” over the Mediterranean Sea, the Navy’s Sixth Fleet said. While “the first and third interactions were deemed safe” the second “was determined to be unsafe due to plane conducting a high-speed pass directly in front of the mission aircraft, which put our pilots and crew at risk.”

The P-8A crew reported traveling through wake turbulence caused by the Russian fighter flying in the path of the Navy aircraft.

Source: Russia intercepts U.S. military plane over Mediterranean with dangerous ‘high-speed pass’ – Washington Times

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