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Aviation enthusiasts get photo of plane they say was escorted by RAF jets

The AirLive website which is run by a group of aviation enthusiasts has obtained a photograph of the plane they say was escorted in to Newcastle Airport on Monday evening by Typhoon jets from RAF Coningsby after losing contact with air traffic control:

Air traffic website claims jets intercepted plane that lost radio contact

A twitter account that monitors air traffic says it believes the RAF typhoon jets were scrambled to escort an Air France plane in to Newcastle Airport which had lost radio contact.

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RAF confirm Typhoon launched to identify 'unresponsive civilian aircraft'

The RAF has confirmed that typhoon aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby this evening after reports of an unresponsive civilian aircraft.

“Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft. Communications were re-established and the aircraft has been safely landed.”

– RAF spokesperson

West Yorkshire Police: Sonic booms nothing to worry about

West Yorkshire Police have advised people who heard two loud explosions not to worry. They believe they were caused by aircraft:

Typhoon fighter jet creates sonic boom across the region

The sonic boom was caused by an RAF Typhoon Credit: PA

A sonic boom has been heard over various parts of the region after a typhoon jet flew over Leeds-Bradford airport.

A sonic boom is the sound associated with the shock waves created by an object travelling through the air faster than the speed of sound. Sonic booms generate enormous amounts of sound energy, sounding much like an explosion.

An unofficial twitter account which monitors activity at RAF Coningsby says it believes the bangs were caused by typhoon jets.

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Police investigating reports of sonic booms over Yorkshire

Sonic booms heard across Yorkshire Credit: ITV News Calendar

Two loud explosions have been reported across parts of West and North Yorkshire.

Dozens of people took to social media shortly before 10pm on Monday evening to report hearing loud bangs.

North Yorkshire Police say they believe the noises to be sonic booms and confirmed they are making enquiries:

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