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Russian Fighter Jet Flies Within 10 Feet of Navy Aircraft

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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Washington (AP) -- A Russian fighter jet flew within 10 feet of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft, in what American officials called an unsafe intercept over the Black Sea, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, says the Russian SU-27 Flanker fighter made the unsafe maneuver Wednesday near a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft that was conducting routine operations in international airspace.