TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -A short video clip, showing a Russian Su-27 passing within meters of an American Lockheed EP-3 surveillance plane has been released by the US military.
The incident occurred over the waters of the Black Sea Monday, when the Russian plane was scrambled to check on an identified object swiftly approaching the state border. The aircraft was identified as a US Navy ЕР-3Е Aries II spy plane. Russia's military stated that the Su-27 followed the plane at a “safe distance” until the US aircraft turned away from the border.
On Tuesday, the US military released a four-second clip, showing the Russian plane presumably passing the American spy plane in question. The Pentagon reiterated its earlier statement, claiming that the intercept lasted “two hours and 40 minutes.”
The US decried the intercept as unsafe, since the Su-27 was “closing to within five feet [1.5 meters] and crossing directly through the EP-3’s flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the Su-27’s jet wash.”