01/12/2021 (Tue) 23:31:32
Originally UK #29 >>12488177
Sonic boom heard over East of England as RAF intercepts civilian plane
A sonic boom has been heard across the East of England after RAF Typhoon aircraft were launched to intercept a plane that had lost communications.
The Typhoons took off from RAF Coningsby and "safely escorted" the civilian aircraft to Stansted Airport in Essex, an RAF spokesman said.
The boom, at about 13:05 GMT, was reported by people across social media.
"The Typhoon aircraft were authorised to transit at supersonic speed for operational reasons," the RAF said.
People in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and parts of London heard the boom.
"We have received numerous calls from the public with reports of a sonic boom… between Huntingdon and Cambridge," Cambridgeshire police said, in a Facebook post.
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