The Russian jet came as close as 20 feet to the American aircraft and remained that close for five minutes, a U.S. defense official told Fox News.
“While this one was considered by the flight crew to be safe and professional, this sort of close encounter certainly has the possibility to become dangerous in a hurry,” the defense official said.
An Su-27 Russian jet made the close approach to the P-8A Poseidon while the Navy plane was in international airspace.
The Su-27 was reportedly scrambled after the Poseidon appeared to be approaching Russia’s border. The Poseidon soon changed its course.