Polish plane almost crashes into Black Sea after being intercepted by Russian fighter jet

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A Polish plane nearly crashed after a Russian fighter jet intercepted it in a series of ‘aggressive and dangerous’ manoeuvres, causing the pilots to temporarily lose control of the aircraft, Warsaw said Sunday.

The Polish plane, an L-410 Turbolet was patrolling for the EU’s border agency over the Black Sea on Friday May 5, according to Poland‘s border force.

The Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet flew within ‘five metres’ of the aircraft three times.

The Russian jet did ‘not make radio contact’ before approaching the plane, which caused Polish pilots to ‘lose control’ of the aircraft and perform an emergency landing in Romania, the border agency said.

It comes after RAF Typhoon fighters and a Norwegian F-35A plane scrambled to intercept a Russian Tu-142 patrol aircraft approaching British airspace last week.

European leaders slammed the move as ‘aggressive and dangerous’ and called it a ‘planned provocation’.

Romania said the Polish plane was on a routine Frontex patrol with Romanian border police when it was intercepted.

Romania’s defence ministry, which first reported the move has condemned Moscow‘s behaviour as ‘aggressive and dangerous’.

Poland’s Government spokesman also slammed the interception as a ‘planned provocation’ by Russia.

The Polish plane experienced significant turbulence and the crew temporarily ‘lost control of the aircraft and lost altitude’, the statement said.

The aircraft landed safely in Romania afterwards and Romanian and Spanish planes were put on ‘pre-alert’ by NATO.

It took place ‘in international airspace over the Black Sea,’ around 37 miles east of Romania’s airspace, according to Romania’s defence ministry.

The Polish plane has been deployed in Romania from April 19 and is due to stay there until May 17 as part of a Frontex operation organised by Romania that also includes Spain and Sweden.

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