WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) – On Friday, the Pentagon announced it filed a complaint with China over a recent incident involving a fighter jet.
CNN's Barbara Star pressed a U.S. Defense official to describe the maneuver the Pentagon calls “aggressive and dangerous.”
“We believe that they made several passes, three different occasions, crossed under the aircraft with one pass having only 50-100 feet separation. The Chinese jet also passed the nose of the P-8 at 90 degrees with its belly toward the P-8 Poseidon, we believe to make a point of showing its weapons load out. And then they flew directly under and alongside the P-8, bringing their wingtips, as I said, to within 20 feet. And then conducted a roll -- a roll over the P-8, passing within 45 feet,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said.
According to the Associated Press, U.S. officials said the fighter jet is from the same Chinese military outfit based on Hainan Island. The group were responsible for similar “close intercepts” three times in the spring.
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