US Navy Releases Video Footage of Russian Jet Intercept

January 30, 2018 Last Updated: January 30, 2018

The U.S. Navy released a video showing the unsafe intercept carried out by a Russian jet of its spy plane this week over the Black Sea.

In the clip, it appears to show a Russian Su-27 flying in front of a U.S. EP-3 Aries on Jan. 29, 2018, according to the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet.

“This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the Su-27 closing to within five feet and crossing directly through the EP-3’s flight path, causing the EP-3 to fly through the Su-27’s jet wash. The duration of the intercept lasted two hours and 40 minutes,” the Navy said in a statement.

Russia, in a statement of its own, denied the Navy’s claim.