A US P-8A Poseidon plane, fitted to detect ships and submarines, has been detected flying along the Syrian coast by several aviation enthusiasts keeping an eye on flight radars on January 30. The plane made several passes along the Syrian maritime border flying at an altitude of 4.7km and then returned to its base in Sicily.
🇺🇸 ✈ United States Navy |VP-26|— IntelSky📡✈ (@Intel_sky) January 30, 2019
Boeing P-8A Poseidon 168438
🇮🇱 ✈ Israeli Air Force
Gulfstream G550 Nachshon Shavit 569
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🇺🇸 ✈ #USN The Boeing P-8A Poseidon (VP-26), US Navy, with tail number 168438 & icao:#AE4EBC on the way to makes reconnaissance flight along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean. 🕵️ LTK #Hmeimim 🇷🇺 #Russia|n AFB at #Jablah, #Latakia & the Russian Navy base in #Tartous. 🇸🇾 pic.twitter.com/IQRcVGKALy— IntelSky📡✈ (@Intel_sky) January 30, 2019
A similar P-8A Poseidon spy plane was seen near the Syrian coast on 15 December 2018 and even earlier on 8 December 2018.
Russia's Hmeymim air base and naval base in Tartus are located on the Syrian coast, and often patrolled by US reconnaissance planes. Such planes also fly along Russia's borders in the Kaliningrad region and circulate around Crimea.