U.S. military plane takes evasive maneuvers after Chinese fighter jet flies within 10 feet

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A Chinese fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. Air Force aircraft that was conducting routine operations over the contested South China Sea last week, the U.S. military said Thursday, forcing the American plane to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.

The incident reflects what the U.S. calls a concerning trend of unsafe intercept practices by the Chinese military.

The U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft was in international airspace on Dec. 21 when it was intercepted by a J-11 fighter jet from the Chinese navy, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement. The Chinese jet positioned itself about 10 feet from the RC-135’s wing and then drifted within 20 feet of its nose as the American plane maintained its course and speed, leading it to take evasive maneuvers.

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