Su-27 fighter scrambles to intercept U.S. spy plane near Russian airspace

Leroy Wright
November 8, 2018

November 5 in worldwide airspace over the Black sea a Russian fighter jet su-27 was risky maneuvering near the us spy plane EP-3 Aries.

The U.S. Navy claims that such actions endangered the crew of the EP-3, which reported turbulence and vibration.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said the USA aircraft suffered turbulence and vibrations when the jet passed them twice throughout the 25-minute ordeal.

The statement from the Navy added that the EP-3 was operating within worldwide law and did not provoke the Russian jet.

"While the Russian military is within its right to exercise within global airspace, this interaction was irresponsible", the U.S. Navy said.

A statement by the US Navy said the crew of the EP-3 reported turbulence following the first interaction, and vibrations from the second. The U.S. Navy slammed the Russian aircraft's actions as "irresponsible". "We expect that they will behave in accordance with worldwide standards to ensure safety and prevent incidents, including the 1972 Agreement on the prevention of incidents on and in the high seas (INCSEA)", - stressed in the U.S. Navy. U.S. officials say the aircraft was flying with its navigation transponder announcing its position, but neither the Russian pilot nor ground control operatives attempted to make contact.

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In turn, Russian Federation has denied the statement of the us authorities that the maneuver was carried out "unsafe".

Moscow has denied United States claims that one of its planes was intercepted over the Black Sea by an Su-27 jet in an "unsafe manner".

The EP-3 is an electronic warfare plane used by the US Navy for surveillance.

At the time, the US State Department accused the Russians of "flagrantly violating existing agreements and worldwide law".

"The fighter's crew reported identifying the U.S. electronic surveillance plane and escorted it to prevent a violation of Russia's border, while following all the safety guidelines", the Ministry stated.

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