For the second time in four days, a U.S. surveillance aircraft flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea was intercepted by a Russian fighter jet, the Navy said Sunday. A U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft was intercepted twice by a Russian SU-35, and the second incident was deemed "unsafe and unprofessional," the Navy said in statement.
The Navy tweeted video of the incident, stating: "The Russian aircraft got within 25 feet of the P-8, putting both crews in harm's way. We expect nothing less than professional & safe interactions!"
"The SU-35 conducting a high-speed, high-powered maneuver … decreased aircraft separation to within 25 feet, directly in front of the P-8A, exposing the U.S. aircraft to wake turbulence and jet exhaust," the 6th Fleet said in a statement.
The American plane was forced to descend to create separation from the Russian aircraft, the Navy said.
The incident comes just four days after aover the Mediterranean. On Wednesday, the Navy said a Russian jet made a similar "unsafe" high-speed maneuver when it came within 25 feet of a U.S. P-8 plane.