Russian Fighter Jet Flies Within 5 Feet Of US Spy Plane, Causing "Violent Turbulence"

In the latest attempt to recreate Top Gun in real life, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet reportedly performed an "unsafe intercept of a US Navy P-3 Orion surveillance plane" while it was flying in international airspace next to Russia, over the the Black Sea Monday, CNN reports.

What makes today's alleged close encounter remarkable is that the American pilots reported that the Russian jet came within five feet of the US plane. The Russian jet's action forced the US Navy aircraft - which was spying on Russia from above international waters in immediate vicinity to Russia - to end its mission prematurely.

Russian Su-27 seen here intercepting a Swedish ELINT Plane

Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, claimed that the Russian warplane came within five feet of the US spy plane, forcing it to veer off course and end its mission prematurely. She added that the intercept was unsafe because the Russian aircraft crossed in front of the Aries, exposing the American plane to the turbulence left in the Su-27's wake. As a result, the Aries experienced "a 15-degree roll and violent turbulence."

A separate statement came from US Naval Forces Europe-Africa, corroborating the Pentagon's allegations.

"On Jan. 29, 2018, a US EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27," the press release said. "This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the Su-27 closing to within five feet and crossing directly through the EP-3's flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the Su-27's jet wash. The duration of the intercept lasted two hours and 40 minutes."

Indicatively, this situation would be reversed if a Russian spy plane was casually spying on the US while flying above international waters in the Gulf of Mexico. One wonders how calmly the USAF would respond in that particular case.

Separately, Russia's Sputnik News reported that the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that one of their Su-27 fighter jets intercepted a US Navy EP-3 Aries surveillance plane in international airspace over the Black Sea on Monday. The Pentagon slammed the interception as "unsafe," but Moscow replied that they took "all necessary precautions" to avoid a hazardous situation.

The Russian Defense Ministry dismissed the allegations, saying that they took all necessary precautions to avoid a dangerous situation during the intercept.

"The crew of the fighter jet reported the identification of an American reconnaissance aircraft and accompanied the spy plane, preventing it from violating the Russian airspace while observing all necessary security measures," the ministry said in a statement.

"The Russian Su-27 fighter jet conducted the entire flight in strict accordance with international rules of the use of airspace. No extraordinary situations occurred during the intercept," the statement added.

In the past year, there have been several unsafe interactions between Russian and US military forces near the Black Sea, where Russian, US and NATO forces operate in close proximity to one another as a result of the military buildup by both Russia and NATO around Crimea and Eastern Europe.

In the most recent encounter over the Black Sea, a Russian Su-30 fighter jet made an "unsafe" intercept of a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft in November.

The Russian jet's actions were deemed unsafe because the aircraft crossed in front of the US plane from right to left while engaging its afterburners, forcing the P-8 to enter its jet wash, an action that caused the US plane to experience "a 15-degree roll and violent turbulence," according to Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon.

The last reported incident between US and Russian aircraft occurred in December above Syria, when US F-22s intercepted Russian attack jets after they flew over the de-confliction line intended to ensure safety. The US jets fired warning flares during the intercept of the two Russian Su-25 close air support jets after they crossed the de-confliction line multiple times. At the time, Russia's Ministry of Defense issued a statement denying the incident took place west of the de-confliction line, accusing the F-22s of interfering with the flight of the Su-25s while they were operating along the western bank of the Euphrates River.


Countrybunkererd Mon, 01/29/2018 - 15:01 Permalink

Russia, just wait a little while longer, we are about to burn our own house to the foundation.  (And you don't need to send another group from the fusion center near me, I don't mean civil war)

Tinfoil hat has me wondering about the reports of bombs in Russia, the Fitbit issue, this incident, and the MEMO.

I am on serious FF watch, at least while I have the tinfoil hat on.

Arkadin Buster Cherry Mon, 01/29/2018 - 18:17 Permalink

No, friendship ended with our illegal war on Serbia.  Since the end of the Cold War, we offered Moscow only one option -- either roll over and play dead, or be treated as an adversary.  Yeltsin played dead and that suited the US fine; then Putin came along and refused to play dead so he is being treated as an adversary.  This all predates Obama.

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pot_and_kettle Arkadin Tue, 01/30/2018 - 00:17 Permalink

It predates Obama, falls on Bill Clinton for initiating and the deep state for continuing.  I distinctly remember american pilots bombing Serbia the night before a huge religious holiday ( March 25 ), and also remember the ones loading the ordinance onto the jets writing " well wishes " for the holiday. 


That shit is not forgotten in that part of the world; not then, not now, not ever.

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rgraf PrivetHedge Mon, 01/29/2018 - 18:25 Permalink

The enemy is us. It is our cooperation with the banksters that is responsible. The only true capital any government has, is the cooperation of the populace. The banksters own all the governments. The nation state is just an artificial construct of thieves, pirates, slavers, spies, merchants of war and moneychangers that have legitimized themselves as bankers, lawyers and politicians.

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silvermail IH8OBAMA Mon, 01/29/2018 - 18:38 Permalink

Actually,  I sort of respect Putin but I don't understand why Russia (other than Gorbachev) always pokes the west and holds them out as their enemy.  It makes little sense in the scheme of things.


Because the US does not need Russia as an ally. The United States needs Russia only as a vassal. But Russia does not want to be a vassal of the United States.
I hope I answered your question.

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uhland62 IH8OBAMA Mon, 01/29/2018 - 19:15 Permalink

On this occasion, the US has nothing to do with the Black Sea, other than turning Ukraine into a client state and guarding Biden Jr's oil business in Ukraine.

It must be annoying to Russia that American taxpayers build a navy port on the Ukrainian coast just across the ditch of Crimea's West Coast. The Russians couldn't tease American planes over the Black Sea if they didn't encroach kind of permanently.

As '' writes so nicely in an article that talks of covert US operations in 70% of all countries 'we have Russia and China pretty well surrounded'. Washington including the Pentagon need to shake off that superiority complex. 

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Sean7k Haus-Targaryen Mon, 01/29/2018 - 17:08 Permalink

Russia did not chew up and spit out any of the mentioned leaders. The Russian winter got Napolean, the winter, US lend lease program and back stabbing generals got Hitler and Genghis Khan never fought the Russians, there were only a few Moscovian princes at the time.

The Russians are incapable of projecting force, but they are pretty good at defense and MAD.

All of which is baloney as they are all working together. The Tall Whites and reptilians run it all. Never seen our real space craft? How about the Nazi Hannebu?

Enjoy the show, the powers which constitute our slave masters have been around for a long time and all you see they have employed before. Just don't stop producing, it is one action masters fail to appreciate.                                               


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Dilluminati IH8OBAMA Mon, 01/29/2018 - 16:23 Permalink

On a serious note: when opposition leaders are arrested and you live under a one-party Putin or Hillary world, you need these types of close calls to divert the attention of the rubes.  

I was reading about some election protests so vlad has an ace pull something like this to divert attention.

Poorly trained not all of them, most of them.. but quite possibly drunk on Vodka.

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Battlefield USA IH8OBAMA Mon, 01/29/2018 - 17:17 Permalink

A little saying that is said in Russia: They think they have us in a ditch. In Russia, every ditch is a fighting hole.


Everyone in NATO knows, that Russia's Mechanized and Airborne Divisions could roll into Eastern Europe, take it, and keep it, in a manner of days.


And when dealing with Russia's Special Services, you have no idea who you are dealing with. They make our SEAL's, in the real world, look like pussies. (Yeah, I know... but, but, but USA BIGLY!)

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