Russian Fighter Came Within 15 Feet of U.S. Air Force Jet Over Black Sea

A Russian fighter jet came within 15 feet of a U.S. Air Force plane near the Black Sea, according to Pentagon officials.

U.S. officials said, “On January 25, 2016, a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner. We are looking into this particular incident.”

A Boeing RC-135U is a large electronic intelligence gathering aircraft with two pilots, a navigator, two engineers, and 10 electronic warfare officers at a minimum, as well as several mission specialists. There are only two RC-135U aircraft in the Air Force.

The official said a Russian Su-27 flanker got within a few feet of the RC-135U, which had its transponder on, according to FlightAware.com. A transponder is a device on a plane that emits an identifying signal in response to a received signal.

The fighter came close and its thrust “disturbed the controllability” of the U.S. plane, the official added.

Full article: Russian Fighter Came Within 15 Feet of U.S. Air Force Jet Over Black Sea (The Epoch Times)

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