March 25, 2019

Russian fighter jet intercepts U.S. Navy plane over Black Sea

08 November 2018, 04:00 | Devin Moran

An EP-3E Aries performs a flyby. U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J. Siens

An EP-3E Aries performs a flyby.                        U.S. Navy  Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bobby J. Siens

"The fifth of November 2018 American plane EP-3 Aries flying in global airspace over the Black sea, was intercepted by a Russian su-27".

He says it was deemed an unsafe encounter that put the US pilots and crew at risk. Because of this, after the first flight of a fighter plane-the scout felt the turbulence, and after the second felt the vibration.

The Navy EP-3 was operating out of Souda Bay, Greece, according to Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon. He added that there was no communication between the two aircraft during the 25-minute ordeal.

The incident took place Monday morning when the Russian military detected an unknown aircraft around 10 a.m. Moscow time (0700GMT), Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement.

In a press release, the U.S. Navy said the actions were "irresponsible" and put the pilots and crew "at risk".

The EP-3 is an electronic warfare plane used by the US Navy for surveillance.

"We expect them to behave within global standards set to ensure safety and to prevent incidents, including the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas (INCSEA)", said in a statement.

In turn, Russian Federation has denied the statement of the us authorities that the maneuver was carried out "unsafe".

It's unclear how close the aircraft came to hitting each other or whether the Russian fighter was armed.

A Ukrainian Su-27 fighter jet flies during the Clear Sky 2018 multinational military drills at Starokostiantyniv Air Base in Khmelnytskyi Region, Ukraine October 12, 2018.

But the Russian embassy in the United States tweeted that its crew was "preventing a violation of Russian airspace and followed all necessary safety procedures".

Russian and USA aggression against each other in the multiple theatres that they are facing off in resulted in a close call over the Black Sea.

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