“We can confirm that a small civilian aircraft was transmitting inadvertently on an emergency frequency at approximately 18:10.
Two typhoons from the Quick Reaction Alert responded accordingly and authorisation was given from them to go supersonic which resulted in the sonic boom. There was no actual threat to the civilian aircraft and they soon rectified their mistake.”
The QRA team is based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.
No further information will be released tonight.
A loud bang heard across parts of the Midlands yesterday evening left a radio station’s phone lines “rammed”, says presenter.
A loud bang heard across parts of the West Midlands last night has now been identified as a sonic boom caused by two Typhoon aircraft.