Russian air traffic controllers in the far East for the second time in recent days had urgently to change the height of foreign aircraft over the sea of Japan because of the dangerous approach of an unknown aircraft, presumably a scout, reported “Interfax” a source familiar with the situation.
According to him, the incident occurred on Wednesday morning over neutral waters of the sea of Japan in the area of responsibility Russian managers. They “established a presence on the radar unknown aircraft at an altitude of about 10 thousand meters”, which did not respond to queries from the ground and didn’t give automatic signals about his identity.
At the same time, the source said, in the same area was a passenger airliner flying from Tokyo to Paris. In order to avoid collision dispatchers had to change the height of its flight, which was on the level about 10 thousand m. In this case, the pilots had to climb an additional 500 m, the source said. Aircraft safely separated.
According to the interlocutor of “Interfax”, unknown aircraft “could, presumably, be the spy plane”.
About a similar incident over neutral waters of the sea of Japan on Sunday, may 22, “Interfax” also said a source familiar with the situation. Then the interviewer said that was recorded the label “unidentified aircraft at an altitude of about 11 thousand meters, which did not respond to attempts to contact.
In this regard, managers first decided to change the flight level were in the area of the passenger Boeing-777 of KLM, which was flying from Japan to Holland. Then changed the flight level of passenger aircraft of the airline SWISS, who was returning from Japan to Switzerland. The last crew reported visual contact with the heavy four-engined aircraft.
The next day, the press service of the Russian defense Ministry said that caused by attache of defense at the U.S. Embassy in Russia in connection with the discovery of the American spy plane. “The representative of the Ministry of defense it was stated that on may 22, 2016 Russian air defenses was discovered by a reconnaissance plane of the U.S. air force RC-135, which carried out aerial reconnaissance over the sea of Japan near the state border of the Russian Federation”, — stated in the message of the defence Department.
According to him, the American plane “was flying with the transponder off,” and the route information “the crew was not brought to dispatching services in the region.” The aircraft used “echelons heights, designed for regular flights Airliners civil aviation”, said the Agency, adding that “as a result of unprofessional actions of the crew of the American plane was created a risk of collision with aircraft by civil airlines”.
“The Ministry of defence drew attention to the need to take measures to prevent the repetition of such situations during the flights of American reconnaissance aircraft near the Russian border”, — stressed in the defense Ministry.
On 24 may, the representative of the U.S. Pacific fleet Dave Benham said to “Interfax”, commenting on the statement of the Ministry of defense that the American spy plane had accomplished their missions over the sea of Japan safely and professionally, obeying international law.
“The plane RC-135 performed routine reconnaissance mission over the sea of Japan 22 may 2016. During its mission the aircraft comply with security measures. The mission was carried out safely and professionally, in accordance with international law and without incidents,” he said, answering the Agency’s request to comment on statements by the Russian Ministry of defense.