A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet flew within several feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane in what the U.S. says was an unsafe maneuver over the Baltic Sea.
Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez says the Russian pilot was flying at a high rate of speed and had poor control of the aircraft.
Hernandez is a U.S. European Command spokesman. He says the close encounter was unprovoked by the U.S. aircraft. He says it’s not clear if there was any communication between the aircraft.
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It’s not known how many U.S. crew were on the plane.
Hernandez says the incident was on Monday when the U.S. RC-135 was on a routine mission in international airspace.
Intercepts between U.S. and Russian aircraft are common, and are generally not as dangerously close.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.