Russian intercept of US Navy plane causes 'violent turbulence'

Russian Su-30

A Russian fighter jet made an "unsafe" intercept of an American plane, causing the aircraft to make a 15-degree roll through "violent turbulence" over the Black Sea Saturday, the Pentagon said. Russian Federation has access to the Black Sea but so do three USA allies, as well as occasional military training partners Ukraine and Georgia.

The U.S. P-8A Poseidon did nothing to provoke the maneuver, defense spokesperson Michelle Baldanza told the Daily News.

This isn't the first hairy encounter between USA and Russian aircrafts.

"The U.S. aircraft was operating in global airspace and did nothing to provoke this Russian behavior", Pentagon spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, told CNN.

The Russian fighter jet came as close as 50 feet to the Navy plane and activated its afterburners as it moved from right to left and flew in front of the USA plane.




"The Russian fighter approached the air target and identified it as a United States reconnaissance plane P-8A Poseidon".

In June, the pilot of a U.S. bomber filmed the nail-biting moment a Russian fighter jet swooped alongside him over the Baltic Sea.

Russian air control detected a target rapidly approaching the Russian border over worldwide waters of the Black Sea on November 25, said the press-service of Russia's Southern Military District.

The Black Sea has been a focal point of Russia's tensions with the West after Moscow annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

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