Story highlights The two most recent sightings occurred late Wednesday and on Thursday Russian aircraft have also been spotted recently flying near the coastline of US allies, including Japan Washington (CNN)Russian military aircraft were spotted flying off the coast of Alaska for the fourth time in as many days, a spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command told CNN on Friday. The two most recent sightings occurred late Wednesday and on Thursday, with the first involving two IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft and the second involving two Tu-95 nuclear-capable Bear bombers. Russian aircraft never entered US airspace but US F-22s and Canadian CF-18s jets were dispatched to perform an intercept during Thursday’s encounter, according to NORAD. “Obviously — we are aware of it,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Friday. “This is not highly unusual … but we monitor everything.” On Thursday, the bombers entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone 700 nautical miles southwest of Anchorage — significantly farther from the US coastline than two other encounters that occurred on Monday and Tuesday. Read More The Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone is a designated region of international airspace, primarily surrounding the US and Canada, that is… Read full this story
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