'US Navy had encounter with Iranian surveillance jet'

April 29, 2010 06:21

WASHINGTON — The US Navy had a close encounter with an Iranian surveillance jet last week in the Gulf of Oman, The Associated Press revealed Wednesday.

A US military official said the jet buzzed a Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Eisenhower, coming within about 1,000 meters of the ship. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said the April 21 incident occurred in international waters.

The jet was described as a maritime patrol aircraft generally used for surveillance.

"There was nothing threatening about the aircraft itself or how it presented itself," the official said. He could not confirm reports by NBC and CBS that the jet made three passes over the navy ship.

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