Iranian drone comes close to U.S. fighter jet: U.S. official

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Posted: Aug 08, 2017 11:16 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Iranian drone came within 100 feet (31 meters) of a U.S. Navy warplane as it prepared to land on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the U.S Navy F/A-18E had to maneuver to avoid an Iranian QOM-1 drone, which ignored repeated radio calls.

The official described the interaction as "unsafe and unprofessional."

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by James Dalgleish)