Want China Times
By: Staff Reporter
A Boeing RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft of the United States Air Force was intercepted by a JH-7
Flying Leopard fighter bomber of the People’s Liberation Army Navy on Sept. 15, according to Bill Gertz, a senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon, in an article written on Sept. 22.
Peter Cook, the press secretary of the Pentagon, confirmed the incident on Tuesday for the first time, after it had already been reported in the Washington Free Beacon. He said that the RC-135 was 80 miles east of the Shandong peninsula above the Yellow Sea when it was intercepted by the JH-7. Cook said that the interception of the JH-7 was perceived as unsafe by the RC-135 air crew. There was no indication of a near-collision, however.
“My understanding is, and I don’t have all the details, but the pilot believed that the plane passed in an unsafe fashion in front of the plane,” Cook said. [FULL STORY]