2 Chinese Fighter Jets Unsafely Intercept U.S. Military Aircraft

WASHINGTON TIMES — The Pentagon said Wednesday that two Chinese fighter jets had a dangerous confrontation with a U.S. patrol plane over international waters the previous day.

In a statement first reported by ABC News, the Defense Department said it was investigating the Tuesday incident, which it said occurred in international airspace over the South China Sea.

“Initial reports characterized the incident as unsafe,” the U.S. military statement said.

Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza told NBC News on Wednesday that a Navy EP-3 Orion surveillance aircraft was conducting a routine mission when J-11 Shenyang fighters intercepted the Navy spy plane and flew within 50 feet of it.

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