Two fighter jets of Royal Air Force scrambled to intercept a cargo plane caused a sonic boom over south London and Kent today. The loud bang was heard in Dartford, Sidcup, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge as the RAF Eurofighter also known as Typhoons broke the sound barrier.
The Latvian Antonov 26, lost contact with the ATC (air traffic controllers) on a flight to Birmingham and was escorted to Stansted Airport in Essex.
The fighter jets from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire were given special permission to travel at supersonic speeds over mainland Britain.
Further, Essex police said the Antonov landed safely at Stansted. It was later established that the aircraft posed no threat.
Essex Police is not investigating the incident and the aircraft will be able to continue its journey to Birmingham when it’s ready.