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Chinese military pilots flip off Canadian aircraft – report — Analysis

Chinese military pilots are alleged to have been flying the bird in mid-air towards their Canadian counterparts, in what Ottawa calls “the flipping of the bird”. “unprofessional”Behavior during a North Korea Patrol Mission 

Beijing jets were frequently flying as close as 20 to 100 feet from a Canadian plane, Canada’s Global News reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the matter. According to sources, Canadian pilots may be capable of flying close to Chinese jets. “make eye contact”They sometimes saw with their Chinese counterparts “them raising their middle fingers.” 

The alleged gestures occurred during Operation Neon, Canada’s air mission to enforce international sanctions on North Korea. 

The Canadian Armed Forces released a statement on Wednesday, accusing Chinese planes of flying dangerously close to Canada’s CP-140 Aurora naval patrol aircraft. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) pilots “did not adhere to international air safety norms,”According to the statement. 

“These interactions are unprofessional and/or put the safety of our … personnel at risk. Some cases may require the [Royal Canadian Air Force] aircrew felt sufficiently at risk that they had to quickly modify their own flight path in order to increase separation and avoid a potential collision with the intercepting aircraft.” 

Some pilots from China were involved in the rescue of others “very clearly visible”They tried to “divert our patrol aircraft from their flight path,”The Canadian Armed Forces stated.

Beijing has not responded to Canada’s claims, but has previously accused the US – Ottawa’s NATO ally – of stoking military tensions in East Asia.

In February, Australia reported that a Chinese warship put Australian crews at risk by pointing a military-grade laser at the country’s patrol aircraft. One month later, Beijing charged an Australian spy aircraft with flying in an illegal manner. “unprofessional”In a manner similar to that of a Chinese naval ship.

 

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