US protests dangerous intercept of Navy jet by Chinese warplane

Friday 22 August 2014 18.08
The Pentagon says the Chinese warplane conducted a barrel roll over the Navy patrol jet
The Pentagon says the Chinese warplane conducted a barrel roll over the Navy patrol jet

The United States has lodged a formal protest with Beijing over an air intercept this week in which a Chinese warplane flew close to a US Navy patrol jet and conducted acrobatic manoeuvres around it in international airspace, the Pentagon has said.          

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the intercept took place on Tuesday 135 miles (200km) east of Hainan Island.

He said the Chinese fighter jet flew as close as 20-30 feet (7-10 metres) to the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol plane and conducted a barrel roll over the plane.