This is the moment a military jet caused a huge bang which shook homes across the UK. The loud explosion was caused by a sonic boom from an RAF Typhoon which flew over the country today – and the moment was caught on a video door bell.
People living between Cambridgeshire and Essex are among those who heard the blast. It happened after two Typhoons based at RAF Coninsby in Lincolnshire took off just before 1:20pm, hitting speeds in excess of 700mph.
Some flight-tracking websites have suggested the pair hit speeds of 1,100mph while flying at altitude of 39,000ft. The jets were launched to escort private jet IFA6016 from Nuremberg, Germany to London Stansted.
RAF officials said pilots leapt into action after the plane – a Bombardier Global Express D-AFAL – lost communications with air traffic control.
At 1.45pm, officials at Stansted confirmed the private aircraft, which has three crew aboard, has landed safely. Cops are reportedly looking into the incident, and a police helicopter has landed on the runway.
Stansted is often used for similar incidents as it has long runways and lots of open space. Police and staff based at the airport also train for emergency landings.
The Typhoons have since returned to base.