U.S. aircraft intercept Russian planes near Alaska for 6th time in June

by Laura Mize · Jun 30th, 2020 11:50 am

Last Updated Jul 1st, 2020 at 2:15 pm

For the sixth time in June 2020, U.S. military jets have intercepted Russian military aircraft near Alaska.

The incident occurred Saturday, when four Russian reconnaissance aircraft lingered for eight hours in the Alaskan Aerospace Defense Identification Zone. American F-22s intercepted the planes, which stayed out of U.S. and Canadian airspace but did come within 65 miles of Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

On Wednesday, Russian planes were within 50 miles of the islands. Since 2007, U.S. military aircraft have intercepted Russian aircraft an average of seven times yearly, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.


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