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Above Cambridge, there was a loud sonic boom

Cambridge, there was a loud sonic boom

A loud boom can be heard in the sky in the skies over Cambridge and is believed to have been shaking buildings.

The RAF has confirmed that the sound was resulted from an aircraft of the Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft intercepting a civilian aircraft that is not communicating.

An RAF spokesperson stated: “The RAF can confirm Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today morning at RAF Coningsby to stop an unidentified civilian aircraft which was unable to communicate; however, after the communications were restored and the aircraft was subsequently captured and safely transported to Stansted. The Typhoon aircraft were authorized to travel at supersonic speeds in order to serve operational purposes.”

A number of residents have posted on social media that they heard the sound around 1pm today (Tuesday 12 January). A doorbell camera captured the noise.

The aircraft was scrambled by RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire on what is known as a rapid react alert (QRA).

The planes flew above Cambridge, Saffron Walden, Bishop’s Stortford and disappeared from radars over Sawbridgeworth about 1.10pm after communication issues were reported to the Bombardier Global Express business jet that was which was operated through FAI Aviation Group, en flight to Nuremberg within Germany towards Birmingham.

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