Russian intercept of US Navy plane causes 'violent turbulence'

Katrina Barker
November 29, 2017

U.S. European Command Spokesman Juan Martinez said Tuesday the maneuver by the Russian Su-30 jet in front of the Navy P-8A on Saturday is being treated as an "unsafe intercept".

"After being identified by a Russian fighter jet, the USA reconnaissance plane changed its route and set course away from Russia's airspace", it added. This maneuver caused the Americans to fly through the Flanker's jet wash and resulted in the crew experiencing "violent turbulence". The incident reportedly lasted 24 minutes.

In June, the pilot of a USA bomber filmed the nail-biting moment a Russian fighter jet swooped alongside him over the Baltic Sea. During the last months, similar incidents were registered in the zone of the Baltic Sea and near the Russian western enclave of Kaliningrad, in the Kamchatka peninsula, near the USA state of Alaska and in other regions.

In June, a Russian SU-27 fighter jet flew within five feet of a U.S. Air Force RC-15 reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea.

"The U.S. aircraft was operating in worldwide airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior", Baldanza said in the report.

A US Navy P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine warfare aircraft was intercepted by a Russian Air Force Su-30 Flanker fighter jet on November 25.

"This interaction was determined to be unsafe", Henderson said in the emailed statement.

Pentagon spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza told the broadcaster: "The US aircraft was operating in global airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behaviour".

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