SEPT. 7, 2016, 1:00 P.M. E.D.T.
WASHINGTON — The pilot of a U.S. spy plane flying a regular patrol over the Black Sea reported that a Russian fighter jet carried out an “unsafe and unprofessional” intercept, two U.S. defence officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there were multiple interactions between the two aircraft, one of which was determined to be unsafe.
U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane
“They’re up there for 12 hours and there are lots of interactions. But only one of the incidents was what the pilot determined was unsafe,” said one official, who was not authorized to speak publicly.
Officials were now talking with the pilot and reviewing the incident to determine whether it would be included in the annual meeting of U.S. and Russian officials about more serious intercepts, the official added.
The incident involved a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter and a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane, the other official said.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali in Washington and Andrea Shalal; editing by Chizu Nomiyama, G Crosse)
Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter
U.S. Navy picture shows what appears to be a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 attack aircraft making a very low pass close to the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. Two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flew near the destroyer in what one U.S. official described as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory. This picture taken April 12, 2016 and released April 13, 2016. REUTERS/US Navy/Handout via Reuters. REUTERS/US Navy/Handout via Reuters
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