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WASHINGTON - An unarmed Iranian drone came within 100 feet (31 meters) of a US Navy warplane as it prepared to land on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, a US official said on Tuesday.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that despite repeated radio calls to stay clear of the US plane, the Iranian drone "executed unsafe and unprofessional altitude changes" close to the US Navy F/A-18E. The warplane was in a holding pattern and preparing to land aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier.
The official described the interaction as "unsafe and unprofessional."
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