Su-27 fighter scrambles to intercept USA spy plane near Russian airspace

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The Pentagon says that a Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a US military reconnaissance plane in worldwide airspace over the Black Sea on Monday.

"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 crew members". Washington stated that the SU-27 made a flight in which it broke the sound barrier near the ER-3 and, in its opinion, put at risk the lives of the pilots of the USA aircraft. It posted video, on Twitter, showing an armed Russian fighter jet flying within meters of the spy plane.

"The U.S. aircraft was operating in accordance with worldwide law and did not provoke this Russian activity", the statement reads. Near the city of Sevastopol, seat of the Russian fleet of the Black Sea, the aircraft approached 35 kilometers to the coast.

According to the Russian defense ministry, the fighter jet returned to its home base after the USA plane altered its flight course away from Russian airspace.

"The intercepting SU-27 made an additional pass, closing with the EP-3 and applying its afterburner while conducting a banking turn away", the statement added.

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US Navy said that such maneuvers of the Russian aircraft endanger pilots and crew of the American Board.

Also in the U.S. Navy stated that these actions were irresponsible, therefore, appealed to the Russian side with the requirement to behave according to global norms.

The crew aboard the EP-3 reported "turbulence following the first interaction, and vibrations from the second".

During the 25-minute intercept, the Navy said the Russian SU-27 sped directly past the front of the aircraft. A Su-27 fighter jet took off from the nearest airfield of the on-duty air defense unit.

The Russian defense Ministry said that they actually recorded the electronic reconnaissance aircraft, the United States and raised the su-27, but the fighter kept at a sufficient distance and was followed to the border of Russian airspace was not violated.

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