BREAKING: RAF Coningsby Typhoons go super-sonic to intercept Latvian cargo plane

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W34C Typhoon Eurofighter

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Two RAF Coningsby fighters triggered a massive sonic boom across Kent this afternoon when they intercepted a foreign cargo aircraft which had lost contact with the authorities.

The Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Coningsby as part of the Quick Reaction Alert system to escort a Latvian-registered private plane into Stansted Airport.

The explosion-like sonic boom took place at around 4.40pm and was reported across a 50-mile radius of Kent and West Sussex and as far away as Hertfordshire and Essex.

Police officers met the aircraft on the ground at Stansted at 5.10pm.