Two Russian bombers flew dangerously close to the Icelandic passenger aircraft. The incident occurred on 22 September, but information about it appeared only today, the newspaper Morgunbladid , citing anonymous sources in NATO and the commander of the Icelandic airliner. Russian planes flew off the transmitters identity.
The incident occurred on September 22. According to the pilot of the airliner, NATO officials to track the movement of Russian military aircraft in the Atlantic, the Icelandic informed the dispatcher service about the possibility of their rapprochement with the civilian Board. Shortly after the pilot received a warning, he saw two Russian strategic bombers (presumably the Tu-22M), which, according to his estimates, there were 2 km under the liner and, he claims, was followed off the transponders. This, he argues, could lead to a collision.
The confrontation between Russia and the West incidents in the skies involving Russian and Western military aircraft are increasingly common. Moscow sees them as a threat from NATO, Washington – a manifestation of Russian aggression and provocative show of force.
On 23 September the command of the British air force took to the air stationed in Scotland fighters to send to intercept two Russian bombers, which approached the airspace of the Kingdom. Typhoon fighters from the unit in Lossiemouth was accompanied by two Russian Tu-160 (NATO – Blackjack) as long as the bombers have not left a district of London interest.
In April, it was recorded several similar incidents. On April 29, the Pentagon said about the dangerous maneuver of the Russian su-27 close to American reconnaissance RC-135U. According to sources in the defense Ministry, the RC-135 flew along the planned route in international airspace, when next to him appeared a Russian fighter jet. Su-27 approached to a distance of about 30 meters at full speed and performed a barrel roll – rotate about the longitudinal axis 360 degrees.
In November last year Typhoon from the Lossiemouth was sent to intercept two Tu-160. And in October 2015 Scottish division of the British force was accompanied by two similar Russian aircraft flying over the North sea. In may 2015, the Russian strategic bombers Tu-95 (NATO classification – Bear) was intercepted to the North of Scotland.