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Boom! RAF rattles homes

A sonic boom from a Typhoon aircraft prompted hundreds of calls to emergency services Photo: ITV Daybreak

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed a loud bang heard by people across Oxford and Swindon was a sonic boom from a Typhoon aircraft. Emergency services were in inundated by calls from people who heard the loud bang.

A sonic boom happens when an aircraft flies faster than the speed of sound Credit: ITV Daybreak

A Sonic Boom happens when an aircraft flies faster than the speed of sound, creating shockwaves. It was caused by two Typhoon jets from RAF Coningsby, sent to help a helicopter which accidentally put out an emergency signal.

These people in Swindon describe what they heard:

Houses shook in Coventry, Rugby and across the Midlands; ITV Central has been speaking to experts and witnesses in the West Midlands. ITV News UK Editor Keir Simmons has the background.