‘Loud bang’ heard over UK as jet scrambled to intercept plane creates sonic boom

A Typhoon Eurofighter – stock image (Image: IWM)

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A huge 'sonic boom' has been heard over the south east of England, leaving millions startled by the loud bang overhead from an RAF fighter jet.

Those living in London, Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Essex reported hearing the massive boom as reports of a fighter jet breaking the sound barrier passed overhead.

The jet was believed to have been scrambled to escort an unresponsive jet to Stansted Airport.

The plane that is believed to be under escort is apparently a charted plane that has come from Nuremberg, Germany, according to flight trackers.

Cambridge City Council tweeted: "If you heard a massively loud bang over Cambridge in the last few minutes, don't panic – apparently it was the sonic boom from a fighter plane breaking the sound barrier!"

Manyy took to social media to share their shocked reactions to the incredible noise.

An image understood to show the aftermath of the fighter jet overhead

Debbie Read wrote: "I thought my next door neighbours were gonna come flying through the wall. So scary!"

Liam Govey said: "Thought someone from the Primary School had kicked a ball at my window, but it was a sonic boom apparently. Madness."

Another Twitter user wrote: "It appears it might have been a sonic boom from a Typhoon Quick Response Aircraft (if bits of Twitter are to be believed). Heard in Essex, Herts and Cambs as well as East London."

Many reported feeling buildings shake.

Another Twitter user said: "Heard in Hertfordshire near Knebworth too. Whole building shook. Thank you for spotting it. We also had an internet failure about 3 minutes later, went off and came back on again."

A number of people also spotted and photographed the planes smoke train in the sky moments after the loud bang.

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