US Pacific Command investigating incident in S. China Sea after US plane intercepted

The Pentagon is currently reviewing details and classified photos from the latest spat between China and the US — in the South China Sea.

According to US Defense officials, the Pentagon is looking into an initial account that two Chinese J-11 fighters made an unsafe interception of a US Navy EP-3 spy plane in international airspace, on Tuesday.

A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said today that the Chinese jets maintained a “safe distance” while intercepting the US aircraft over the South China Sea two days ago.

The Chinese are denying a Pentagon account that Chinese jet fighters conducted a “risky close-range interception,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

A Defense Dept spokeswoman said that the US maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft was flying in a “routine patrol” in international airspace … when “two tactical aircraft from the People’s Republic of China” intercepted the U.S. plane.

NBC News reports that the two Chinese jets flew about 50-feet from the Navy reconnaissance plane.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a press conference today that “…our folks were flying in a safe manner.”

He also added: “Our aircrew felt the [Chinese] approach was not conducted in a safe manner”.

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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