An MQ-9 Reaper drone on Nov. 4, 2022, at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. 

NEW YORK — A Russian fighter jet collided with a U.S. surveillance drone in international airspace above the Black Sea, forcing the American aircraft to crash, the U.S. said.

The Su-27 warplane, accompanied by a second Russian jet, struck the propeller of the MQ-9 Reaper drone in what was an “unsafe and unprofessional” intercept at around 7 a.m. local time, U.S. European Command said. The two Russian fighter jets flew in front of and dumped fuel on the drone before the strike, it said.

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