Great news: Russian spy plane had ‘near miss’ with airliner

Great news: Russian spy plane had ‘near miss’ with airliner

[Ed. – The skies are in the very best of hands.]

A study by the European Leadership Network offered details on 40 incidents and said that they add up to a disturbing pattern over a wide geographic area.

It singled out three incidents in the last eight months as being particularly high risk: a near-collision between a SAS civilian airliner and a Russian surveillance plane; the abduction of an Estonian intelligence officer and a Swedish submarine hunt.

In the first incident, the collision was apparently avoided “thanks only to good visibility and the alertness of the passenger plane pilots,” the report said, noting that the SAS jetliner had 132 passengers on board at the time. …

In June, two F-22 fighter jets were scrambled after a pair of Russian bombers were spotted 50 miles off the coast of California. …

NATO in October said its pilots have conducted over 100 intercepts of Russian aircraft this year, about three times more than in 2013.

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