Russian jet fighter carries out potentially-deadly BARREL ROLL over US Air Force plane

Saturday, April 30, 2016
By Paul Martin

A RUSSIAN jet fighter intercepting a US Air Force flight did a barrel roll over the reconnaissance plane as both travelled across the Baltic Sea.

Sat, Apr 30, 2016

The US Air Force RC-135 plane was flying a routine route through international air space when it was intercepted by the Russian SU-27 fighter, according to the Pentagon.

After coming within 100 feet – or 30 metres – of the the American plane, the jet performed a dangerous and high speed manoeuvre by carrying out a barrel roll over the top of the airplane.

But this is not the first incident of aggressive manoeuvres by Russian jets.

A Pentagon statement confirmed the Russian plane had come within 25 feet of the American plane before flying inverted over the top of the plane to the other side.

Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza, a U.S. Army spokesperson, said: “The SU-27 intercepted the U.S. aircraft flying a routine route at high rate of speed from the side then proceeded to perform an aggressive manoeuvre that posed a threat to the safety of the U.S. aircrew in the RC-135.

The move is considered to be a very unsafe aerial stunt and the US is expected to voice its concerns to the Russians, a US defence official told CNN.

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