August 31, 2023

RAF Eurofighter creates powerful sonic boom that hits parts of the UK: Video – AeroTime


Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon

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A Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon was scrambled and a Quick Response Alert (QRA) was issued after the aircraft caused a powerful sonic boom that could be heard across three UK counties.

Local residents in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire reported hearing a loud explosion just after 9.30pm on August 30, 2023.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the Eurofighter Typhoon took off from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

@RescueBert suggested on social media that the fighter jets may have been responding to a Ryanair plane that was unresponsive or not visible on radar.

In a video shared on X (formerly Twitter), a security camera captured the moment a loud bang was heard.

“The RAF is responsible for policing UK airspace and whilst we do not want to cause inconvenience to people on the ground, the national safety and security remains our number one priority,” a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.

The Ministry of Defence told AeroTimes it could only say the incident was QRA related, but could not confirm whether the Eurofighter was serving a Ryanair flight.

A sonic boom occurs when an airplane travels faster than the speed of sound (about 761 mph or 1,225 kph).

AeroTime has contacted Ryanair for comment.

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