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A Russian fighter jet SU-27. AP

Russian Warplane Flies in 'Unsafe' Manner Near U.S. Aircraft

Apr 30, 2016

A Russian Su-27 jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft over the Baltic Sea on Friday, military officials said.

The Russian plane flew within 25 feet of the RC-135's fuselage, conducting a barrel roll over the U.S. plane.

Lt. Col Michelle Baldanza, a Defense Department Spokesperson said that, "on April 29, 2016, a U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner."

She added that the Russian plane "performed erratic and aggressive maneuvers" and that "the SU-27 intercepted the U.S. . . .

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