I just can’t help but think about how this story would’ve gone 20 years ago…
“You shot down our scientific aircraft!”
“No we didn’t”
“Yes you did! We have a radar signature which could be a MiG”
“…Or a giant bird?”
Today, we actually have a VIDEO ON YOUTUBE that shows the MiG fire a rocket directly at the aircraft.
Welcome to the future.
EDIT: Here’s a bit more of a writeup on the thing, as I realized that at least some of what I wrote is nonsense without a tiny bit of info on the players.