Russian warplane said to come dangerously close to Israir flight

A Russian fighter jet reportedly came with a mile of an Israeli passenger aircraft before being warned off by Cypriot air controllers, reports the Times of Israel.

The incident occurred Sunday afternoon when the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 approached and flew alongside an Israir Airbus A320 flying from the Greek island of Rhodes to Tel Aviv.

According to the report the jet flew alongside the passenger aircraft for more than a minute at a distance considered unsafe before air traffic controllers in Cyprus warned it away. Multiple civilian flights in the area have been interrupted by Russian fighters that day, the news portal added.

“The incident comes as the Russian Air Force works to increase its activity in the region, which includes an air force base near the city of Latakia in Syria”.

Russia has fighter aircraft stationed in nearby Syria, where it is assisting the Assad regime in the civil war, leading to crowded skies in the region where Israeli, Turkish and coalition military aircraft also operate, alongside civilian planes.

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