FIGHTER jets crashed through the sound barrier creating a sonic boom which shook huge swathes of East Anglia as RAF Typhoons scrambled to intercept a passenger plane.
Thousands of people heard the thunderous bang between 8.30am and 8.40am yesterday as it reverberated across Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk, leaving residents fearing a bomb had gone off.
Caused by RAF Typhoon jets rushing to escort a Ryanair flight to Stansted airport after a security scare on board, the boom was heard in Diss, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and parts of north Essex.
Ministry of Defence officials confirmed the jets, from RAF Coningsby, had been authorised to escort the Luton-bound passenger plane from Lithuania after it was diverted to Stansted.
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