Posted 33 days ago
A Chinese fighter jet flew within a critically close distance of a U.S. bomber aircraft, prompting anger from military officials.
The Chinese Shenyang J-11 rapidly approached the US B-52 bomber on Tuesday over the South China Sea and came within 10 feet of contact, the U.S. military said Thursday.
The plane harassed the B-52 briefly, flying close at "uncontrolled excessive speed, flying below, in front of, and within 10 feet of the B-52, putting both aircraft in danger of a collision," according to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
U.S. military officials said they were "concerned" by the Chinese pilot's behavior, claiming China's recent history of similar stunts puts peace in the region at risk.
"We are concerned this pilot was unaware of how close he came to causing a collision," a military official told the press.
Airspace over the South China Sea is strategically valuable, and China has sought to assert control over the region as the U.S. and its allies conduct drills.... (Read more)