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MOD Receives Damage Claims After Sonic Boom

The boom was heard across eastern England after two Typhoons broke the sound barrier to intercept a civilian aircraft.

Claims for property damage have reportedly been made after RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoons caused a sonic boom.

A loud bang was heard across areas of London, Cambridgeshire and Essex on 12 January when two Typhoons were authorised to break the sound barrier to intercept a civilian aircraft after it "lost communications".

The QRA fighter jets were scrambled from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and escorted the private jet to Stansted Airport, Essex.

A sonic boom is created when an object moves through air faster than the speed of sound, 767mph.

The BBC reported damage to a household TV and roof tiles which were among six claims lodged with the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

"Compensation is paid when there is a proven link between the presence of military aircraft and an incident," an RAF spokesman said.

However, the MOD said no claims had been settled relating to the operational mission.

QRA aircraft are held at immediate readiness to protect the UK and can take off within minutes.

"The RAF is responsible for policing UK airspace and would prefer not to cause any disturbance to those on the ground, however, the safety and security of the nation remains paramount," an RAF spokesman continued.

Earlier this month, a sonic boom was heard in Cornwall when RAF F-35 Lightning aircraft underwent supersonic flight training approximately 25 miles off the coast.

Cover image: RAF Typhoon taking off from RAF Lossiemouth (Picture: RAF).