According to the US Pacific Air Forced, two Chinese Su-30 fighter jets came across and intercepted a US Air Force radiation detection jet over the East China Sea on Wednesday.
The US crew that was within the US Air Force WC-135 labeled the move as “unprofessional,” as noted in the statement from Air Force Lt. Col. Hodge. “While we are still investigating the incident, initial reports from the U.S. aircrew characterized the intercept as unprofessional. The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels,” Hodge stated. Previously, a US official said to CNN the Chinese planes reached closeness of 150 feet of the US plane, with one of the Su-30s flying inverted, or upside down, right on top of the American plane. Labeled the “Constant Phoenix,” the four-engine WC-135 jet searches for concrete elements a nuclear test of whatever type would emit into the air. The gathered samples can be studied in order for us to know precisely what happened.
The Air Force has two of the WC-135 planes that operate of Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Wednesday’s incident was the second one between US and Chinese planes in couple of year. Back in February, US defense officials stated there was an “unsafe” close confrontation between a US Navy P-3 Orion aircraft and a Chinese surveillance aircraft in the South China Sea region.
Within that incident, a US official said CNN the US Navy plane was obligated to change course in order to be sure there wasn’t a crash with what one official stated was a People’s Liberation Army Air Force KJ-200. The planes reached 1,000 feet distance of each other, US officials stated.
Following the February incident, US officials stated close confrontation between US and Chinese forces aren’t particularly a usual thing, with none in 2015 and merely two in 2016.
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