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An American Reaper drone crashed into the Black Sea Tuesday after it was hit by a Russian fighter jet, according to U.S. European Command.
A press release issued by EUCOM said the incident took place when two Russian Su-27 aircraft “conducted an unsafe and unprofessional intercept” with an Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance MQ-9 drone.
The incident took place in international airspace just after 7 a.m. Central European Time, the release said.
The release said one jet struck the propeller of the drone, “causing U.S. forces to have to bring the MQ-9 down in international waters.”
The release noted that was the last act in a drama that played out in the skies above the Black Sea.
“Several times before the collision, the Su-27s dumped fuel on and flew in front of the MQ-9 in a reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner,” the release said.
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