A Russian fighter jet flew “dangerously” close to a US warplane in the latest clash between the superpowers over Syria.US officials confirmed the Russian fighter flew “close enough you could feel the jet wash” to the Air Force plane. Air Force Lieutenant General Jeff Harrigan accused Putin’s jets of “deliberately” following coalition planes too closely – with one incident “happening every 10-days-ish”
Relations between the US and Russia have been strained over the Middle Eastern country as they each back different sides of the bloody civil war. Lieutenant General Harrigan: “I would attribute it to not having the necessary situational awareness given all those platforms operating together.”
The US pilot tried unsuccessfully to reach the Russian jet via an emergency radio channel after the clash. The next day, US officers contacted Russian military to find out what had happened.
Russian officials said “the pilot didn’t see” the US plane and Air Force bosses said the planes passed with “half a mile” of each other in the dark. Russia is flying constant air patrols over the war torn country, the vast majority of them over the devastated city of Aleppo. The near miss occurred late on 17 October, when the Russian jet was escorting a large spy plane, the general confirmed today.