Russian military spy plane flies low near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A Russian military spy plane appeared to fly at a low altitude over Dayton near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Wednesday, the base confirmed.
The plane reportedly flew over Washington D.C. and past Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president was on a vacation at one of his golf clubs. POLITICO reported they monitor a flight-tracking website which tracked the flight into Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and was reportedly often at low altitudes.
"It's kind of scary," Fairborn resident Sean Dillon said. "Hopefully they can work it out though. Never want to see war, you know. We've been at war for, what, 16 years already. it would be nice to have peace and not have to worry about these things."
A 1992 agreement known as the Treaty on open Skies allows countries to perform surveillance flights over other's territories, which the U.S. and Russia have reportedly done 165 times between the two counties over the past 15 years, according to the State Department.
The organization reported the Tupolev Tu-154M, which looks similar to an airliner, appeared to have left Moscow early Wednesday, flown through Raykjavik, Iceland, and then entered U.S. airspace near Virginia's Chincoteaque Island. They then reportedly made several passes around the D.C. metro area for about an hour at lunchtime.
Russia reportedly did give a required notice of at least 72 hours of their flight, and had American personnel on board to observe the mission.