Close encounter between Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet and a U.S. air force RC-135 aircraft in the South CHINA Sea footage from the J-11 fighter perspective.
A Chinese fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. Air Force aircraft that was conducting routine operations over the contested South China Sea last week, the U.S. military said Thursday, forcing the American plane to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.
Video recorded from the Chinese J-11 fighter showing China’s perspective of the incident and disproving Washington’s claims that the Chinese fighter got “dangerously” close to the US reconnaissance plane.
Several US experts (including former USAF reconnaissance pilots) called USINDOPACOM’s claims “exaggerated” because the Chinese fighter never endangered the flight of the RC-135 during the intercept.
In turn, the PLA Southern Theater Command states that the US reconnaissance plane “ignored the [Chinese fighter’s] repeated warnings and suddenly changed its flight attitude” and “moved to the left in the direction of the plane.” conducting dangerous approach maneuvers, seriously affecting the flight safety of Chinese military aircraft, seriously violating the Chinese-U.S. Code of Conduct for Air and Sea Encounters, and seriously contravening relevant international laws and practices.”
Despite the accusations and assertions by both sides, none of the videos released as evidence (from either the US or Chinese perspective) show that the safety of either plane was in jeopardy nor did either of them perform “dangerous” maneuvers.
Close encounter between Chinese J-11 fighter jet and a U.S. air force RC-135 aircraft in the South CHINA Sea. China's fighter perspective of the incident and disproving Washington's claims that the Chinese fighter got "dangerously" close to the US reconnaissance plane. pic.twitter.com/Or3B5wRKrc
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