Pentagon explains Chinese fighter jet incident

Chinese fighter jet incident
Chinese fighter jet incident

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Pentagon announced it filed a complaint with China over a recent incident involving a fighter jet.

Chinese fighter jet incident
Chinese fighter jet incident

“We believe that they — they made several passes, three different occasions, crossed under the aircraft with one pass having only 50-100 feet separation. The Chinese jet also passed the nose of the P-8 at 90 degrees with its belly toward the P-8 Poseidon, we believe to make a point of showing its weapons load out. And then they flew directly under and alongside the P-8, bringing their wingtips, as I said, to within 20 feet. And then conducted a roll — a roll over the P-8, passing within 45 feet. So…,” said Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.

CNN asked for clarification on what Kirby meant about a roll.

“I mean a roll. I’m not an aviator, so I’m not good talking with my hands. But basically, if here’s your P-8, you’ve got fire (ph) going over like this, so — pretty aggressive and very unprofessional,” Kirby explained.

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