Pentagon Releases Video Of Incident With Russian Jet

The New York Times reports:

The Pentagon’s European Command on Thursday released the first declassified video images of the events leading up to a Russian fighter jet colliding with an unarmed U.S. reconnaissance drone on Tuesday, forcing the American aircraft down into the Black Sea.

The 42-second color video clip shows two high-speed passes by a Su-27 fighter jet, each time spraying a substance that the Pentagon says is jet fuel on the American MQ-9 Reaper drone. On a final pass, one of the Russian jets collides with the drone, the Pentagon says, and the camera feed is lost for about 60 seconds.

The footage released by the Pentagon does not show the collision. The video then resumes, showing the aircraft’s damaged propeller.

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