Russian jet flies dangerously close to Navy aircraft during Black Sea operations

Two unsafe passes by a Russian fighter jet put a U.S. military aircraft at risk during flight operations over the Black Sea, Navy officials said Monday.

A Navy EP-3 surveillance aircraft was flying over international airspace Monday when the Russian Su-27 flew at high speed directly in front of it, “which put our pilots and crew at risk,” according to a Naval Forces Europe-Africa statement.

“The intercepting Su-27 made an additional pass, closing with the EP-3 and applying its afterburner while conducting a banking turn away,” the statement said.

The Navy released a short video clip Monday of the Russian jet’s afterburner flaring alongside the U.S. aircraft.

The crew reported turbulence during the first pass and vibrations during the second pass of the intercept, which lasted about 25 minutes, the Navy said.

“While the Russian military is within its right to exercise within international airspace, this interaction was irresponsible,” the Navy said in a statement. “We expect them to behave within international standards set to ensure safety and to prevent incidents.”

Read More at Stripes (With Video of The Incident)