Russian plane knocked out US MQ-9 drone in crazy ‘amateur hour’: PBS

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The United States claims that a Russian jet plane cut off an American drone over the Black Sea, forcing it to crash. A US official told PBS that the Russian pilot seemed out of control, calling their actions “amateur hour”. Russia has denied that its plane had any physical contact with the drone. The US says they have the video. Something is loading.

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The Russian fighter jet that shot down a US MQ-9 Reaper drone on Tuesday was out of control and flying like it was “amateur hour”, a US official said.

The official, who viewed video footage of the incident, told PBS correspondent Nick Schifrin that the pilot was out of control as he walked towards the drone and tried to get away from it.

The official said “this was not something you would see a professional rider do”.

Schifrin further described what the official told him on “PBS NewsHour”, saying “it was not a controlled tap. The Russian pilot was heading towards the drone, out of control, tried to get away from the drone , and that’s when the Russian plane actually slammed into the rear of it.”

Schifrin said the official “calls it an amateur hour.”

The United States claims that a Russian jet plane cut off the US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone while it was over the Black Sea, the strategic body of water south of the ‘Ukraine.

According to the United States, the collision forced the drone to crash into the sea.

The US European Command said two Russian Su-27 jets carried out a “dangerous and unprofessional interception” of the US drone, which was in international airspace.

He said the two planes spilled fuel and flew past the drone, then one of them hit the drone’s propeller, which is at the rear of the plane.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said the drone was “forced to crash.”

The drone was performing routine operations, the United States said.

Russia alleged that the drone was heading towards its airspace. (Russia claims ownership of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and its airspace, which the United States, Ukraine and Western countries deny.)

Russia also denied any contact between the plane and the drone, saying the drone crashed after “sudden maneuvers”.

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said in a statement on Wednesday that Russia considers “this incident a provocation” and that the drone “was deliberately and provocatively moving towards Russian territory with the transponders switched off. “.

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