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Russian Jet Flies Within Feet of U.S. Plane Over Baltic Sea

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A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet flew within several feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane in what the U.S. says was an unsafe maneuver over the Baltic Sea.
    
Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez says the Russian pilot was flying at a high rate of speed and had poor control of the aircraft.
    
Hernandez is a U.S. European Command spokesman. He says the close encounter was unprovoked by the U.S. aircraft. He says it's not clear if there was any communication between the aircraft.
    
It's not known how many U.S. crew were on the plane.
    
Hernandez says the incident was on Monday when the U.S. RC-135 was on a routine mission in international airspace. 

The incident took place 25 miles northwest of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, which is located between Lithuania and Poland in northern Europe.

Intercepts between U.S. and Russian aircraft are common, and are generally not as dangerously close.

Last month, a Russian fighter jet flew within 20 feet of an American spy plane over the Black Sea, but the U.S. Navy called it a safe encounter.

The Russian jet intercepted the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft in international airspace as it flew a course toward Russian territory, according to Russia's military.

(The Associated Press, CBS News contributed to this report.)

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