The Russian defense Ministry called attache of defense at the U.S. Embassy in Russia in connection with the discovery of the American reconnaissance aircraft, reports TASS with reference to the press service of the Ministry. “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.
According to the defense Ministry, 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”, — reported in Department.
The day before a source familiar with the situation told Interfax that the next two echelons above the neutral waters of the sea of Japan, the European liners were changed after the rapprochement with unidentified aircraft. Managers recorded the mark of an unidentified aircraft at an altitude of about 11 thousand meters. To recognize the signals of the transponder failed attempts to contact the aircraft have not responded,” — said the Agency interlocutor.
In this regard, the managers decided to change the flight level were in the area of the passenger Boeing-777 of KLM flying from Japan to Holland. He happily went with unidentified aircraft.
Later on visual contact with the heavy four-engined aircraft reported by the crew of the aircraft of the airline SWISS, which was flying from Japan to Switzerland and was in the same area. The aircraft was in the vicinity of the passenger liner. The aircraft did not respond to requests from managers. “Russian dispatchers had to change flight level passenger aircraft returning from Japan to Switzerland, to ensure a prosperous discrepancy with the unknown aircraft,” — said the source.