US aircraft experiences ‘violent turbulence’ after Russian fighter jet turns on afterburners


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Russian Su-30 fighter jet performs at an airshow at the Zhukovsky
airfield outside Moscow, Aug. 26, 2007.

Ivan Sekretarev/AP

  • A Russian fighter jet reportedly made unsafe maneuvers
    near a US aircraft flying over the Black Sea.
  • The fighter jet flew in front of the US aircraft and
    turned on its afterburners.
  • The incident comes amid divisive rhetoric from Russia,
    in which it likened US service members operating in
    Syria to “occupying forces.”

A Russian fighter jet reportedly made unsafe maneuvers
near a US aircraft flying over the Black Sea, CNN reported

The Russian Su-30 jet reportedly crossed in front of the US P-8A
Poseidon aircraft Saturday, flying as close as 50 feet, and
turned on its afterburners, Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a
Pentagon spokeswoman, said to CNN.

The maneuver left “violent turbulence” in its wake, forcing the
P-8A to deal with a 15-degree roll, according to Baldanza. The
incident reportedly lasted 24 minutes.

“The US aircraft was operating in international airspace and did
nothing to provoke this Russian behavior,” Baldanza said in the
report. “Unsafe actions‎ have the potential to cause serious harm
and injury to all air crews involved.”

In June, an armed Russian Su-27 fighter jet intercepted a US
RC-135 reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea, coming as close
as five feet. The two aircraft were operating in international
airspace; however, a US Air Force spokesperson said at the time
that “there are international standards to ensure safety and
prevent incidents.”

The latest incident comes amid Russia’s accusations, made
earlier this month, in which they called the US-led coalition
force combating Islamic State militants in Syria “occupying
forces.” Russia, a key ally to Syria’s embattled leader,
President Bashar al-Assad, has been at odds with US forces and
their allies during the Syrian civil war.

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