Chinese jets buzz US spy plane
WASHINGTON - Two Chinese jet fighters came within 45 m of an American reconnaissance aircraft near China in the first such incident since a collision last year between another US spy plane and a Chinese jet.
The close encounter occurred in international airspace near the Chinese coast north of Taiwan on Monday, officials said yesterday.
Two Chinese F-7 interceptors flew parallel to a US Navy P-3 surveillance aircraft and then, for a few minutes flew very close to the propeller-driven plane, The Washington Times reported.
On April 1 last year, a Chinese F-8 interceptor collided with a US spy plane and crashed into the South China Sea, killing the pilot.
The US aircraft crash- landed on Hainan Island.
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