The skies over the Pacific Ocean have once again become a theater of concern as a Chinese fighter jet engaged in a highly dangerous maneuver, flying within 10 feet of an American B-52 bomber operating in international airspace.

The incident took place on Tuesday, October 24, and US military officials have expressed their alarm, stating that the pilot’s reckless actions risked causing a mid-air collision, a situation that could have had dire consequences.

A Risky Encounter: The Close Call in the South China Sea

Video footage released by US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) provides a chilling visual of the event.

In it, the Chinese J-11 fighter can be seen rapidly approaching the B-52, passing in front of and below the American jet’s wing over the South China Sea. Furthermore, this encounter occurred at night, adding a layer of complexity and danger to the situation.