Today we have some awesome video footage depicting a Russian jet fighter flying very close to a US spy plane. This Top-Gun like activity took place last Monday.
VIDEO: U.S. Navy releases footage of armed Russian fighter jet buzzing US Navy spy plane from 5′ away over Black Sea Monday https://t.co/qURuOXI35h
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) January 30, 2018
According to Pentagon’s official statement, the Russian jet intercepted a Navy’s spy plane that was patrolling in international airspace over the Black Sea, which is basically a Russian lake. According to those quasi-illiterate reporters from CBS News , the Russian pilot flew “dangerously” close to the US aircraft, coming within 5 feet of Navy’s spy plane. In reality, it was more like 200 feet, but let that go, MSM journalists are not known for their quality (as in lacking sensationalism) reporting anyway.
As per Capt. Pamela Kunze, who is Pentagon’s spokeswoman, the incident lasted for 2 hours, as the crazy Russian flying a SU-27 jet fighter repeatedly taunted the American spy plane. At one time, the Russian jet crossed the US plane’s flight path directly, causing it to fly in its trail of turbulence.
“Unsafe actions increase the risk of miscalculation and midair collisions”
while admitting that Russians have the right to fly in international space close to their own country, yet they should “behave” in order to prevent incidents. The US State Department commented on the incident:
“While the U.S. aircraft was operating under international law, the Russian side was flagrantly violating existing agreements and international law, in this case the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas (INCSEA). This is but the latest example of Russian military activities disregarding international norms and agreements. We call on Russia to cease these unsafe actions that increase the risk of miscalculation, danger to aircrew on both sides, and midair collisions.”
The truth is, fighter jocks like to buzz slow moving patrol/Elint planes ( like the EP-3). They all do it: Russians, Brits, American and even French pilots are enjoying taunting their “enemies”.