A P-8A maritime patrol aircraft of the type Australia said was intercepted in ‘international airspace’ over the South China Sea is seen from the cockpit of another plane. Photo: SAC James Skerrett/British Ministry of Defence Handout via EPA-EFE
A P-8A maritime patrol aircraft of the type Australia said was intercepted in ‘international airspace’ over the South China Sea is seen from the cockpit of another plane. Photo: SAC James Skerrett/British Ministry of Defence Handout via EPA-EFE
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South China Sea: Australia PM insists Chinese jet’s ‘very dangerous’ intercept of patrol plane was in ‘international airspace’

  • Australia said the Chinese plane cut in front of its patrol aircraft and released aluminium strips known as chaff, some of which was ingested into its engines
  • China’s defence ministry said the Australian aircraft came near the airspace of the disputed Paracel Islands, threatening China’s sovereignty and security

A P-8A maritime patrol aircraft of the type Australia said was intercepted in ‘international airspace’ over the South China Sea is seen from the cockpit of another plane. Photo: SAC James Skerrett/British Ministry of Defence Handout via EPA-EFE
A P-8A maritime patrol aircraft of the type Australia said was intercepted in ‘international airspace’ over the South China Sea is seen from the cockpit of another plane. Photo: SAC James Skerrett/British Ministry of Defence Handout via EPA-EFE
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