The US military had to shoot down one of its drones on Tuesday after it collided with a Russian fighter jet over the Black Sea.
In a statement, the U.S. European Command (UCOM) said the MQ-9 drone was shot down in international waters after its propeller struck one of two Russian Su-27s that had conducted an “unsafe and unprofessional intercept.”
“Before colliding several times, the Su-27s dumped fuel on the MQ-9 and flew in front of it in a reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner,” the statement read. “This incident demonstrates a lack of competence in addition to being unsafe and unprofessional.”
Air Force Gen. James P. Hecker, commander of US Air Operations in Europe and Africa, said the drone was carrying out “routine operations in international airspace” and claimed that the Russian plane’s actions “nearly caused both planes to crash.”
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