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CHICOM War Plane Plays Chicken With U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon Patrol Aircraft

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P-8 Has Near-Collision With ChiCom Fighter

A United States Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft had a close call when a ChiCom fighter came within 30 feet of the aircraft while making aggressive maneuvers. The incident took place earlier this week in international airspace.

According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, the ChiCom J-11, a knockoff of the Russian Su-27, made repeated close passes to the P-8. The ChiCom fighter reportedly “crossed directly under the U.S. aircraft” on multiple occasions per a DOD Spokesperson, and on “one pass having only 50 to 100 feet separation between the two aircraft.” The ChiCom fighter also made at least one pass in which it showed the crew of the P-8 its weapons loadout, and on another occasion flew with its wingtips within 30 feet of the P-8’s.

The P-8 was operating about 135 miles east of Hainan Island, located near the South China Sea. In 2001, a United States Navy EP-3 Aries collided with a ChiCom J-8 Finback. The ChiCom pilot was killed while the EP-3 made an emergency landing on Hainan Island. The crew was later released. Shane Osborn, the pilot of the EP-3, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.