Russian Bombers Intercepted Off Alaska

Two U.S. fighters jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska late Friday. The Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers were in international airspace but had entered an Air Defense Identification Zone that extends about 200 miles off the coast, North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Canadian Army Major Andrew Hennessy said in a statement to CNN. Two Alaska-based NORAD F-22 fighter jets “intercepted and monitored” the Russian aircraft until they left the area, according to the statement. The incident comes less than two weeks after a similar encounter in which two Russian bombers flew as close as 50 miles to Point Hope, Alaska.