MPCore.us – A Russian fighter intercepted an American reconnaissance plane while flying in international airspace over the Black Sea, Monday (5/11), according to Pentagon officials.
The Russian SU-27 aircraft did not make radio contact and carried out two “very close” trajectories before turning on the “after-burner” which shook the American Aries EP-3 aircraft, said Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman.
“Clearly there is no reason for this kind of action,” he said.
“The American aircraft was carrying out a routine mission in international airspace when Russian aircraft appeared suddenly,” Pahon said.
In a media release, the US Navy said this action was not responsible and posed a risk to the safety of pilots and crew.
“We demand that they behave according to international standards to ensure safety and prevent accidents,” the US Navy added.
The last time a Russian military aircraft made such an interception over the Black Sea was in January, when a SU-27 aircraft approached up to two meters from an American Navy reconnaissance aircraft.