Chinese jet came within 20 feet of American military aircraft, U.S. military says
A Chinese fighter pilot "performed an unsafe maneuver" while close to a U.S. Air Force plane, United States officials said Thursday.
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement that the fighter pilot flew in front of and within 20 feet of the nose of the RC-135 aircraft the U.S. pilot was flying on Dec. 21, 2022.
The American pilot was flying lawfully over the South China Sea, the command said, but was forced to "take evasive maneuvers" to avoid a collision. Neither pilot has been identified.
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