Russian Federation confirms intercept of US Navy plane over Black Sea


The unprofessional behavior demonstrated by the Russian pilot was clearly intentional, according to USA officials.

It crossed in front of the USA plane from left to right while using its afterburners, the statement said, adding the aircraft were so close that the American patrol plane crossed through the Russian fighter's jet wash.

The maneuver turned into a violent turbulence at its wake, impelling the P-8A to forcefully deal with a roll of 15 degree, says Baldanza.

This isn't the first hairy encounter between US and Russian aircrafts.

Russian jet makes 'unsafe' intercept of US Navy aircraft
Russian jets buzzed US Navy plane and blasted it with their afterburners causing a 15-degree roll and violent turbulence

Also speaking to state news agency RIA Novosti, the retired deputy commander of Russia's air force, Nikolay Antoshkin, dismissed the US reaction.

The radioelectronic defense units identified in a neutral zone an objective moving at great speed toward the country's borders, making it necessary to send a fighter SU-30 to the zone, explained sources of the Military District of the South.

Russian military confirmed Tuesday that its warplane drove away a U.S. Navy aircraft last week over the Black Sea. The U.S. Navy deemed the interaction safe.

The Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet reportedly crossed in front of the U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft on November 25, flying as close as 50 feet, and turned on its afterburners, Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told CNN.

Gas prices hold steady in RI, down a nickel in MA
Gas prices in the region are volatile - increasing, stabilizing and decreasing - throughout the Great Lakes and Central states. AAA Northeast reported the average price per gallon fell 5 cents over the last week, to an average of $2.48.