Close Call: Russian Fighter Jet Intercepts US Navy Plane over Black Sea


A USA military aircraft was put at risk during flight operations over the Black Sea when a Russian fighter jet made two unsafe passes, Navy officials said in a statement, Stars and Stripes reported on Monday.

Earlier, the press service of the US Naval Forces Europe-Africa Command published a press release saying that a US EP-3E Aries aircraft flying in global airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 and that interaction was "determined to be unsafe".

The Navy released a short video clip Monday of the Russian jet's afterburner flaring alongside the US aircraft.

Russian aircraft have repeatedly challenged USA planes during the past year with maneuvers deemed unsafe, despite a 1972 agreement that Russia assumed from the Soviet Union created to prevent miscalculations in the skies and seas. "The duration of the intercept was about 25 minutes", - told in the U.S. Navy.

The Navy EP-3 was based in Souda Bay, Greece.

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Press Secretary of the Pentagon, Eric Pachon, said that "there is absolutely no justification for such conduct" on the part of another state, because "the USA aircraft operated in accordance with global law and "not provoked" side to such actions".

US Navy videoRussian Su-27 blasts its engines as it passes the EP-3. The Navy plane had its transponder on for the duration of the mission but there was no communication established or attempted between the Russian and United States aircraft, Pahon said. The official release added that the EP-3 Aries hadn't provoked the Russian jet and urged all countries to adhere to the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas.

In January, the Russian jet intercepted a USA aircraft and came within just five feet over the Black Sea.

"The SU-27 jet's crew reported identifying the #US EP-3 Aries spy plane and accompanied it, preventing a violation of Russian airspace and followed all necessary safety procedures", the tweet said. A Russian Su-27 Flanker flew within five feet of an EP-3's wing tip over the Black Sea in January, Navy officials said.

Russian and US aggression against each other in the multiple theatres that they are facing off in resulted in a close call over the Black Sea.