Russian fighter jet comes within 20 feet of U.S. aircraft - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Russian fighter jet comes within 20 feet of U.S. aircraft

An Su27 (Source: Wikimedia Commons) An Su27 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
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A Russian fighter jet came within 20 feet of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft, according to NBC News.

The Russian Su-27 approached the American P-8A Poseidan while it was “conducting routine operations in international airspace,” on Tuesday, a U.S. Naval Forces Europe spokesperson told NBC.

The officials said the interaction was safe and professional, and Russian officials said the jet performed a “greeting maneuver” toward the Americans.

Despite this, distances of more than 20 feet are often deemed unsafe and unprofessional.

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