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08 November 2018, 04:01 | Darnell Patrick
A U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries II assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 flies over the Persian Gulf in April 2016
On Nov. 5, 2018, a U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in global airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-27.
The Russian SU-27 then came back and made a second pass near the United States plane and applied its afterburner while conducting a banking maneuver, which impacts the plane and is believed to have caused a deep vibration that was experienced by the American crew.
After the first flight of Russian su-27 in front of the American reconnaissance aircraft EP-3 Aries a crew of USA felt the turbulence, after the second vibration noted in the U.S. Navy in Europe and Africa.
American officials were not initially able to determine if the Russian aircraft was armed or not.
"The U.S. aircraft was operating in accordance with worldwide law and did not provoke this Russian activity", said the statement. Near the city of Sevastopol, seat of the Russian fleet of the Black Sea, the aircraft approached 35 kilometers to the coast.
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A Twitter account for the Russian embassy in the USA posted a brief statement about the encounter on Monday saying the fighter jet "followed all necessary safety procedures". The Ministry of Defense of this nation called on several occasions the Pentagon to abstain from this practice, to which the North American side responded with a refusal to suspend such flights. Passengers reported turbulence during the first pass and vibrations from the second. He says there was no communication between the two aircraft and the incident lasted about 25 minutes.
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Also in the U.S. Navy stated that these actions were irresponsible, therefore, appealed to the Russian side with the requirement to behave according to worldwide norms.
"There's just absolutely no reason for this type of behavior", he said.
The Su-27 then "accompanied it, preventing violations of the border of the airspace of the Russian Federation in compliance with all necessary security measures", the statement added.
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