RAF Coningsby jets cause mystery sonic boom

PARTS of the UK were shook by a loud sonic boom on Wednesday night, when two low flying RAF jets caused a noise which could be heard up to 100 miles away.

Two aircraft from RAF Coningsby were involved in the bizarre incident, which saw residents in Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Somerset bombarded police with calls to try and find out what had happened.

It transpired that the two RAF Typhoons had been scrambled from Coningsby after a civilian helicopter pilot had accidentally emitted an emergency signal.

The two craft had been given the go-ahead to ‘go supersonic’ by the Ministry of Defence while responding to the signal.

The quick response units were already in the air when crews learned that there had been a mistake.