Russian jet comes within 10 ft of U.S. recon aircraft in Black Sea

Russian jet comes within 10 ft of U.S. recon aircraft in Black Sea
A MiG-29 fighter-interceptor of the Southern Military District; file photo. (Image: Russian AviaPhoto Team, Max Bryansky via airliners.net)

[Ed. – A close pass of 10 feet is pointedly dangerous airmanship, which should not be ignored.  Obama, of course, will ignore it.]

A Russian fighter jet, flying at high speed, came within 10 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea late last month, several U.S. officials told CNN Thursday.

The Russian jet flew alongside the U.S. plane at the same altitude, broke off, and then shadowed the plane before leaving the area in the May 30 incident, the officials said. The U.S. aircraft took no evasive measures, and no other details were immediately available. Military officials could not say whether a diplomatic protest had been filed.

The close call comes weeks after another incident between the U.S. and Russia over the skies of Europe, when a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker in what authorities called an “unsafe and unprofessional manner.”

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