Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Russian jet comes within 5 feet of U.S. military plane

An armed Russian jet came within five feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea.

A U.S. official said that the Russian aircraft came within five feet of a wing tip for a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance plane. The Russian jet then passed under the U.S. aircraft and came up near the other wing tip. U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the American plane "did nothing to provoke this behavior".
The Russian Defense Ministry said that a U.S. RC-135 plane swerved dangerously near a Russian SU-27 fighter jet over the Baltic.

The incident took place 25 miles northwest of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, which is located between Lithuania and Poland in northern Europe.