A RUSSIAN jet came just feet from crashing into a US military plane – avoiding what could have been a devastating mid-air collision.
The Russian Su-27 fighter jet targeted the US reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea in April – narrowly missing it by 20ft.
A research group has reportedly recorded dozens of similar encounters between Russian fighter jets and Western planes since the Russian annexation of the Crimea in March 2014.
The ELN found that a Russian spy plane had its tracker turned off when it nearly collided with an SAS passenger plane.
“A collision was apparently avoided thanks only to good visibility and the alertness of the passenger plane pilots,” the agency stated in a report.
A Ministry of Defence (MOD) said: “RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched today from RAF Lossiemouth after unidentified aircraft were tracked flying towards UK airspace.
“The aircraft were identified as Russian Bear aircraft which were escorted by the RAF Typhoon fighters until they were out of the UK area of interest.”
Full article: Russian jet misses US military plane by just 20 FEET in mid-air clash that risked new WAR (Express)