U.S. Says Chinese Jet Executes ‘unsafe’ Intercept of U.S. Plane

Posted June 8, 2016 at 8:51am

CBS News reports that “a Chinese fighter jet carried out an “unsafe” intercept of a U.S. reconaissance plane in international airspace over the East China Sea, the National Security Council confirmed to CBS News.”  

“A spokesperson for U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement to CBS News that on a routine patrol by two Chinese J-10s, one of the intercepting Chinese jets had an unsafe excessive rate of closure on an RC-135 aircraft.”  

“‘Initial assessment is that this seems to be a case of improper airmanship, as no other provocative or unsafe maneuvers occurred. The Department of Defense is addressing the issue with China in appropriate diplomatic and military channels,’ the spokesperson said.”