A pair of Russian fighters conducted an “unsafe and unprofessional” intercept of a U.S. B-52 Stratofortress bomber over the Black Sea Friday, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement Saturday.
The service said that two Russian Su-27 Flankers “flew in an unsafe and unprofessional manner while crossing within 100 feet of the nose of the B-52 multiple times at co-altitude and while in afterburner causing turbulence and restricting the B-52’s ability to maneuver.”
The U.S. military released the video of the incident.
Gen. Jeff Harrigian, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, said in a statement that “actions like these increase the potential for midair collisions, are unnecessary, and inconsistent with good airmanship and international flight rules.”
He added that the Russian aircraft “jeopardized the safety of flight of the aircraft involved.”