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Chinese military planes intercept US aircraft: reports

AFP  |  Washington 

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted an American military plane over the East Sea, media in the United States reported today, citing US officials.

NBC reported that the US aircraft, a WC-135 Constant Phoenix, was conducting a routine mission in international airspace Wednesday when it was intercepted over the East Sea by two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft.

The WC-135 is a so-called "sniffer plane" designed to scan the atmosphere for signs of nuclear activity.

NBC said the crew of the US plane described the encounter as "unprofessional," although not necessarily dangerous.

It said military officials insist the US plane was operating in accordance with international

Officials told the US network that the matter is being addressed with via "appropriate diplomatic channels".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 12:02 IST