US Spy Plane Disrupts Civilian Flights While Spying On Russia

Tyler Durden's picture

By now we are accustomed to hearing about US spy planes flying recon missions that are either infringing or extremely close to infringing on the borders of other countries - especially Russian borders.

A US defense attache has been summoned by Russia's Defense Ministry to explain why a US spy plane was not only flying close to Russia's border on Sunday, but dangerously close to civilian aircraft as well. The US crew had not provided any information regarding its flight to air traffic controllers in the region, despite flying at the same altitude as scheduled civil aviation flights, and at least two passenger jets belonging to major European airlines were endangered by the then unknown aircraft according to Interfax. Planes headed to Switzerland from Japan even even reported visual contact with the US plane.

It's also important to note that the spy plane had its transponders turned off, something that Russia explicitly said not to do if the US is going to be sniffing around Russia's borders.

As RT reports

“As the result of the unprofessional actions of the American plane crew, the hazard of a collision with civil aviation planes was created," Russia's Defense Ministry said, adding that it asked the US official to take measures to prevent such incidents from happening near Russia's borders in the future.


At least two passenger jets belonging to major European airlines were endangered by the then-unknown aircraft over the neutral waters of the Sea of Japan on Sunday, Interfax reported.


The "unknown aircraft" was flying at the altitude of some 11,000 meters (36,000 feet) and did not respond to air traffic control, the agency said citing its source. Russian air controllers had to immediately change the flight path of a KLM Boeing-777, which was in the same region en route from Japan to Holland.


Pilots from another airplane, operated by Swiss airlines, heading to Switzerland from Japan, even reported "visual contact with a large four-engine aircraft, which was in direct proximity to their plane" and sent no recognition signals, the source said. The flying altitude for the Swiss jet also had to be changed by the air traffic control.

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Clearly the US needs to stop with these missions before someone gets hurt and an international incident is triggered, however knowing that will never happen, might we suggest that the US at least get to the point where its spying isn't detected every single time.

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Billy the Poet's picture

Paging Hervé Villechaize.

StackShinyStuff's picture

What the fuck is wrong with us?

Dutti's picture

The US seems to want to test the Russians, their capabilities and reactions.
At the same time they provoke the Russians into perhaps making a mistake, like shooting down an airplane, see
Korean Air Lines Flight 007 and Korean Air Lines Flight 902

Ghordius's picture

ergo... two MICs testing their hardware. with potential buyers watching and taking notes. perhaps we ought to build a temple to Vulcan and Mars, or something. they seem to ask for plenty of blood sacrifice

A Pimp's love is different's picture

The only one who is allowed to use the word 'ergo' is the Architect of the Matrix.

Stackers's picture

Stop before someone gets hurt ? Little late for that.

If you know ALL the details of Korean Air 007, this has already led to the death of hundreds of civilians

AVmaster's picture

God they want a war pretty damn bad...


< Continues digging his bunker....

giovanni_f's picture

"might we suggest that the US at least get to the point where its spying isn't detected every single time"

Money doesn't buy competence. Rather, more money equals more incompetence. At least in the case of the US military complex.

Manthong's picture

“the US at least get to the point where its spying isn't detected every single time.” 

It’s kind of hard to make a RC-135 or P-8 stealthy... they are the 8 ton elephant in the room and they are most always on the other guy's radar.


tmosley's picture

Scramble jets.

Force landing.

Return crew.

Confiscate plane.

Reverse engineer.

Return parts.

Ace Ventura's picture

This was already done once before by the Chinese air force to one of our Navy P-3 maritime ASW patrol aircraft. And if memory serves, it was not your average P-3, but one of the EP-3 variants used for signals intelligence (aka spying). The chinese fighter got a little too 'Maverick' (so the story goes) and clipped the radome/nose area of the EP-3, forcing it to make an emergency landing on a Chinese island. Big spectacle, complete with US Navy aircrew on TV. Naturally, it was a few weeks before they allowed US personnel access to the aircraft to disassemble and ship it out. You can bet they now have all they need (assuming they already didn't) to handle the EP-3's capabilities.

I can't recall if the aircraft commander ordered the scuttling of the pertinent confidential equipment on board or not, as is usual SOP when being brought down 'behind enemy lines', so to speak.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

God they want a war pretty damn bad...

You forgot this "shot heard round the World" from two years ago that has already killed tens of thousands of ethnic speaking Russians!

Given that... Russia should do what the U.S. always does, shoot first and ask question(s) later!

fleur de lis's picture

The Russians should figure out a way to knock out the lights on a reckless, non-compliant spy plane, reconfigure its plan and and take it into custody. The pilots should be given a psychiatric evaluation and asked if they know the difference between a kite and a spy plane with the transponder turned off.

If they know the difference they should be banned from flying.
If they don't know the difference they should be banned from flying.

If they are going to play stupid neocon tricks with dangerous equipment they need a smack down. The spy pilots might think they are cute but the air controllers, and the commercial pilots and passengers would probably disagree.

Dakota Kid's picture

If the US plane is in Russian airspace without its transponder on, Russian fighter aircraft should force it to land at an airport they designate.  If they refuse to cooperate, that would be a good reason for shooting it down.

vollderlerby's picture

Unfortunately, you're right.  What the fuck has become of us?

the phantom's picture

Russian sanctions expiring soon, need a reason to keep them going... that's what's going on.

vollderlerby's picture

It's one of the few ways out of the MOAR joke of an economy we have. It's either War or completing the transformation from a free country to full Eastern Bloc. They shut down the bill of rights, free flow of capital, cash is about to go extinct, flying abroad already takes a $300 tax & fee surcharge.  Just a few more steps and we're living the dream of the East Bloc. That- or war. There's no other way out.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

News flash: Kim Kh-whatever fanny farted in Justin Bieber's face...

In other news: there will be MOAR WOAR and your families will all die painful, horrible deaths... and we will tax you now to fund these atrocities... and you have no say in this whatsoever.


Dropthebomb's picture

Interesting that you blame yourself. Well, a good question might be, why doesn't just one of the military men or women, who say they would lay down their lives for there country, start by stopping the American neocons? Then let the European neo's, the real integators, fight their own battles.

Half of you poor amaericans would gladly vote Hillary. That I do not understand.


sessinpo's picture

It's bust either way. To many haven't figured that out yet and are doomed to repeat history.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

There is so much in that comment.


Dr. Spin's picture

0900 in Texas...


sessinpo's picture

StackShinyStuff    What the fuck is wrong with us?


You know as well as I that the problem isn't us that are aware that tptb want war.

If  trump becomes POTUS, that is something he will have to deal with. Even if he doesn't want it, it would be so easy to manipulate a person with a false flag. And all the bureaucrats are gonna make things very difficult for trump. One can't make very good decisions when the information getting fed to you is tainted by tptb. And with the coming depression and collapse of the economy, war is usually a distraction.

Dr. Spin's picture

A word from Mr. Trump to the bureaucrats:  "You're Fired!"


Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

Obama wants Putin to start WWIII, that's what "wrong"! Putin has avoided 2 occaisions already!

1) Nearly launching a missile over a Russian Naval Base in Syria, at Syria

2) Overthrowing Ukraine.

How many more am I missing that we haven't heard about?!

Quebecguy's picture

Don't yuou mean what the fuck is wrong with U.S.?

junction's picture

No, paging Dr. Strangelove a.k.a. Obama. 

Parrotile's picture

Well seeing as skimming the edge of Russian airspace with transponders off has not produced the "desired effect", maybe we'll try to cause a Civilian air accident or at least a serious "Near Miss" incident, and of course "Blame Russia" for this. Seems to have worked well in the past (MH-17 anyone??)

giovanni_f's picture

Apropos Egypt: If I was in charge I would try to get some brotherly advice from the Israelian pros. See how close minimalistic Israel came to get Cairo nuked BY THE US for the latter initially thought it had been the bad Egytians to bomb the USS Liberty and kill no less than 34 US service men.

Hey Pentagon, get professional advice already.

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

Sure is a lot of Commercial Passenger Jets going down in the last couple of years...Egypt, Fly Dubai, MetroJet, GermanWings, Malaysia 17, Malaysia 370...that takes us back to near the beginning of 2014.

Malaysia 370 actually saw a patent tranfer to the Rothschild family and doubly interesting because the actual plane was never actually found...the very next major air disaster was Malaysia 17, the exact same make, model and airline...coincidence? ...but of course!

skifff's picture

I'ts kinda scary(MH-17)... Will the world ever know who killed all of thouse people? Dear americans, start thinking! It's time! It's going to be scary for you, but no one in the world will lift a finger to help as you earned it. 


Justin Case's picture

What is really unjust is that the Malaysian Gov't was not allowed to participate but Ukariane did. There is absolutly no gain for Russia to shoot the plane down and very good reason for mericans not to produce the satellite pictures, when they had 3 of them watching the area.

The Dutch government has refused to reveal details of a secret pact between members of the Joint Investigation Team examining the downed Flight MH17. If the participants, including Ukraine, don’t want information to be released, it will be kept secret.

 Part of the agreement between the four countries and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, ensures that all these parties have the right to secrecy. This means that if any of the countries involved believe that some of the evidence may be damaging to them, they have the right to keep this secret.

“Of course [it is] an incredible situation: how can Ukraine, one of the two suspected parties, ever be offered such an agreement?” Dutch citizen Jan Fluitketel wrote in the newspaper Malaysia Today.

Other reasons given for the request being denied included protecting investigation techniques and tactics as well as naming the names of officials who are taking part in the investigation. The Ministry said it would be a breach of privacy if they were revealed. “If the information was to be released then sensitive information would be passed between states and organizations, which would perhaps they would be less likely to share such information in the future,” said the Ministry of Security and Justice.

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

...and did you see the "Dog & Pony Show" at Schipol when the MH17 bodies were sent home?! There was something like 200 Hearses at the plane to remove the bodies! When have we ever seen something like that?

You don't use a Hearse to drive the bodies to the morgue...especially not 200 of them! You would rent a few trucks to do this and the Hearses wouldn't come out til the funerals.

Find out who organized all the Hearses in Western Europe to be at Schipol that day, where they were from, who was driving cetera.

Had to be some Dutch complicity in that act.

Justin Case's picture

Thirty three relatives of the MH17 tragedy from Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia, have taken to legal avenues against Russia and its leader, President Vladimir Putin. The claim was filed by Sydney-based LHD Lawyers in the European Court of Human Rights, seeking $A10 million per passenger.  The application, running into 3,500 pages, is awaiting acceptance.

The main Dutch-led investigation into the incident by the Safety Board (OVV) did not conclude who fired the weapon, though the battle of responsibility was long decided by other parties. Russia contends that the missile came from Ukrainian forces; those from the West and the Ukrainian sources argue that it was Russian-backed rebels on Ukrainian soil.

Selecting Russia and Putin in this ignores other agents of responsibility, be it in the realm of civil or criminal liability.  There are simply too many actors – Ukraine, the aircraft operators themselves, to name some obvious ones – to ignore.

Perth_Australia's picture

And the lawyer leading the lawsuit case for the victims families (I believed coerced the families to do so) is from the US and works for a lawfirm that has affiliations and even funding from the Jewish Zionist forum, with particular support coming from a well known organization called USAID. So that now makes the link between Soros and the Ukrainian oligarchs that arranged the SU-25's to be sent out from Dnipropetrovsk that commenced the pre-emptive attack on MH17. The Yankee Zionists always seems to believe that if they get in first, place the lie, it will only blosom and bloom from there. How times have changed.

But also in relation to the comments above, the criminal investigation (regardless of whom is to blame - Russia is not to blame) has not yet reached any conclusion, so how could a lawsuit possibly ever actualize ?

Stupid Zionist.

brain_glitch's picture

the world needs moar nobel prices

Ghordius's picture

the world would indeed be better if there were more excellent candidates for nobel prices

why isn't the title of this article "EU Spy Plane Disrupts Civilian Flights While Spying On Russia"? reading some comments on ZH, it ought to be so, at least

oh, btw, Poland is making school lessons on "Why Poland has to be in the NATO"... compulsory

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


why isn't the title of this article "EU Spy Plane Disrupts Civilian Flights While Spying On Russia"?

I'm guessing it's because the EU doesn't have spy planes, and a "NATO" spy plane is, de facto, a US spy plane.

oh, btw, Poland is making school lessons on "Why Poland has to be in the NATO"... compulsory

Sounds like the same strategy employed by US-controlled NGOs in the Ukraine beginning 25 years ago. Start the Russophobic indoctrination with the children and continually reinforce it through their formative years. When they reach unemployed young adult status they'll be eager to join goon squads like Navoz Brigade and obediently foment color revolutions.

Sandmann's picture

Yes because Poland is not sure of anything and now has a new NATO facility being built in Poland which might not reassure Poles too much

Ghordius's picture

at least the current Polish government is quite sure that the Polish flag looks better without the EU flag next to it

lo and behold: pro-NATO, anti-Russia and... EU skeptic

BarkingCat's picture

Seems like they are confused as hell, does it not?


SoDamnMad's picture

OK, I've had enough of this shit. Fuel up the Anatov-12 and load the door guns. I'm going up after that RC-135.

Mr. Kwikky's picture

It was Oboema's drone for GayAss TV

Librarian's picture

> Fuel up the Anatov-12

Is this the cheap Chinese knockoff of the Antonov?

slipreedip's picture

Why are we literally poking the bear? Are we trying to start a war?

If they were doing this to US we would go nuts.

This is crazy, are trying to start a war because all the false flag stuff isnt working?

Sandmann's picture

You did sacrifice KAL 902 in 1978 over Kamtchatka trying to probe Soviet air defence systems