It’s interesting they use the word “buzz” in the title. Which more or less means fly quickly and closely to an object- But it doesn’t mean make contact with. At least not as I understand this term
The Pentagon released video footage Thursday from a U.S. MQ-9 drone that crashed in the Black Sea on Tuesday showing a Russian jet buzzing and dumping fuel on it and
apparentlydamaging the drone’s propeller.
Apparently- the use in this sentence implies a connection that may or may not be an actual connection. But gives an impression of connection
The declassified footage shows a Russian Sukhoi-27 jet flying very close to the unmanned surveillance aircraft
“The U.S. said one of the Russian jets collided with the drone, also known as a Reaper”
I have my doubts about this because I’d expect way more damage then one little propeller blade.
At the end of the 42-second clip, after the video feed resumes, the MQ-9 drone’s propeller appears bent. In a summary released alongside the video, the Pentagon said “the propeller can be seen again and one of the props can be seen damaged.”
The footage doesn’t show an exact moment of collision, though it does show a Sukhoi flying directly toward the drone and coming into almost immediate contact, before the video feed is scrambled.
So we have a drone being buzzed. With nothing showing impact or collision. And if there was impact or collision, I’d think there would be more damage than to “one of the props” .
Wanted to include an excerpt from Mark Finnegan’s comment