Oct 10, 2015
Over Syria, U.S. diverts F-16s to avoid Russian jet
The episode took place sometime over the last few days, and the military is "taking action to ensure" planes keep a safe distance. A senior defense official told CNN the U.S. planes were F-16s that took off from Turkey's Incirlik air base and were headed to an area near Raqqa. U.S. pilots have been ordered to change their flight path if a Russian plane is within 20 nautical miles, the official said, since there is no agreement with the Russians on mutual flight safety rules and practices. The F-16 pilots were unable to complete their mission.