Sonic booms shake Yorkshire as RAF jets scrambled to intercept civilian plane


Houses shook in Yorkshire amid loud bangs as Typhoon jets were scrambled.

The aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby on Monday night to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft, the Ministry of Defence said.

People reported hearing what sounded like two loud explosions.

These were later confirmed to have been sonic booms.

An RAF spokesman said: "Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft. Communications were re-established and the aircraft has been safely landed."

Reports suggested the jets had escorted a plane into Newcastle Airport after it went off course.

North Yorkshire Police tweeted to reassure people there was no danger, later writing: "Confirmation from RAF that loud bangs heard across the county were sonic booms from RAF Typhoon jets. No cause for concern."

Air France confirmed that the unresponsive civilian aircraft was one of its planes as did Newcastle Airport.

The airline tweeted from its official UK Twitter account that a radio communication problem caused the jets to scramble.

Last month, two bangs heard around Northampton and Brackley were caused by Typhoon jets which had been scrambled from an RAF base in Lincolnshire to identify an unresponsive aircraft.