Russian jet caused 'violent turbulence' for U.S. plane, military says

Russian Su-27 fighter jet

The maneuver left "violent turbulence" in its wake, forcing the P-8A to deal with a 15-degree roll, according to Baldanza.

The Russian Su-30 fighter jet buzzed the American Р8А Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea on Saturday. The incident reportedly lasted 24 minutes.

"After being identified by a Russian fighter jet, the USA reconnaissance plane changed its route and set course away from Russia's airspace", it added.

During the last months, similar incidents were registered in the zone of the Baltic Sea and near the Russian western enclave of Kaliningrad, in the Kamchatka peninsula, near the US state of Alaska and in other regions.

A US Navy P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine warfare aircraft was intercepted by a Russian Air Force Su-30 Flanker fighter jet on November 25.

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According to the Pentagon, the Russian fighter swooped in to follow the USA aircraft while in worldwide airspace-an acceptable precaution after identifying a foreign jet, even though the P-8A had its transponders on.

"After being identified by a Russian fighter, the USA reconnaissance plane changed its route and set course away from Russia's airspace", TASS reported, citing the Russian military.

In a statement, the Russian defence ministry said: "After moving closer, the Russian fighter jet flew over the object and visually identified it was an American reconnaissance aircraft P8A Poseidon".

"Unsafe actions have the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all air crews involved", Baldanza told the outlet. The two aircraft were operating in worldwide airspace; however, a US Air Force spokesperson said at the time that "there are global standards to ensure safety and prevent incidents".

As a result of the "provocative" manoeuvre, the United States aircraft did "a 15-degree roll" that could have caused "serious harm and injury to all air crews involved", a U.S. official said.

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