P-8A Poseidon. US Navy Photo
Reuters: Russian jet came within 10 feet of U.S. spy plane: U.S. officials
A Russian fighter jet carried out an "unsafe and unprofessional" intercept of a U.S. spy plane flying a regular patrol over the Black Sea, coming within 10 feet (3.05 meters) of the American aircraft, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
The incident comes at a time of increased tensions between the United States and Russia, who are on opposing sides of the Syrian civil war.
One official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the incident lasted about 19 minutes and the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter came within 10 feet of the U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane.
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