Chinese Fighter Jets Buzz U.S. Air Force Plane Over East China Sea

    Two Chinese fighter jets conducted an "unprofessional" intercept of a U.S. aircraft in international airspace over the East China Sea on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Air Force. The American aircraft was conducting a routine mission in accordance with international law when the two Chinese SU-30 jets made the move, Pacific Air Forces spokeswoman Lt. Col. Lori Hodge told The Associated Press . One of the SU-30s flew upside down directly above the U.S. plane and both of the Chinese jets came within 150 feet of it, CNN reports . Hodge said the crew aboard the American plane described the move as unprofessional due to its speeds and proximity. The U.S. aircraft, a WC-135 Constant Phoenix, is used by the Air Force to detect atmospheric traces of nuclear explosions. The WC-135 have been used in the past to collect evidence of North Korean nuclear tests, according to CNN. "In 2013, China declared an air defense identification zone over much of the East China Sea and it requires foreignOriginal Article