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Oct 29 14 9:14 PM
Two RAF fighters triggered a sonic boom across a large area of South East England when they intercepted a foreign aircraft which was "causing concern".
The Typhoons were scrambled to escort a Russian-made Antonov An-26 cargo airliner from Latvia into Stansted Airport.
One Twitter user who monitors aircraft radio traffic claimed on Twitter: "I have just heard a warning go out 'if you do not respond to my orders immediately you will be shot down.'"
Police later said that the incident occurred as a result of a "loss of communication with the aircraft". Having spoken to the three passengers on board they agreed that the plane could continue its journey to Birmingham.
Residents across a large radius of South East England were alerted to the incident when they heard an explosion-like sound at around 16.40 on Wednesday. The noise was reported in Kent, West Sussex, Hertfordshire and Essex.
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A RAF spokesman said: "Typhoon aircraft were launched this afternoon from RAF Coningsby to intercept a civilian aircraft south of London which was causing concern to air traffic control authorities.
"The aircraft was safely escorted to London Stansted.
"To fulfil their quick reaction role the Typhoons were cleared to travel at supersonic speed, any noise disturbance as a result of this is regretted.
"Essex Police now have the lead."
An Essex Police spokesman said the plane had been intercepted following a loss of communication but on landing it was established that everything was in order.
He said the military jets were deployed as a precautionary measure when the cargo plane was diverted to Stansted Airport.
He said: "This was due to a loss of communication with the aircraft.
"The aircraft landed safely at Stansted Airport at around 5.20pm.
"All three people who were on board have been spoken to by police. It was established that everything was in order and the reason for the short loss of communication was due to a change in airspace jurisdiction.
"Essex Police is not investigating the incident and the aircraft will be able to continue its journey to Birmingham when it's ready."
One aircraft observer claimed the RAF had threatened to shoot down the cargo plane
Twitter users from as far away as Dover on the south coast and Otford, in neighbouring West Sussex, tweeted about hearing the noise, saying it caused their windows to shake.
Paul Dunlop tweeted: "Massive explosion-like noise heard down here in Sevenoaks. Whole house shook. Can see people saying they heard it across Kent."
Cleyton Tierney wrote: "Huge bang shook the house, no idea what that was.
"Anyone else hear/feel it?"
Ben Basten added: "Who else felt the earth move and huge explosion in Kent 5 minutes ago? Is the world coming to an end? My house rocked."
A sonic boom is the sound associated with the shockwaves created when an object, such as an aircraft, breaks the sound barrier.
In April, 2012, a sonic boom was heard across five counties from Somerset to Oxfordshire after two fighter jets were scrambled to help a helicopter, after its pilot accidentally emitted an emergency signal.
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NewGolconda wrote:Jeesh - I thought there was potential for this to happen, but it happened more slowly than I expected so that eventually it caught me off gaurd.
I think shauns idea is a good one. It seemed to me some people might like to have a more British centric discussion iof some RAF issues than is possible on the airforces board, where for all that it does well, some Australian Ahole may well pop up on a Tornado thread pointing out that it was a piece of crap, F-111 did everything better ten years before, and get over your second rate junk ;-> Sometimes thats just annoying.
More seriously, the way I see it the board exists through the generosity and genious of Tony D, and to serve the interests of the contributers. If this pinned thread helps, so be it, if it doesn't, it can go back in the unpinned list. So I pinned it, like I pinned the other two general threads when people asked. At the time, I thought lets try this out. If its well recieved as a pinned thread keep it, if its not well used, or not liked, bin it after a trial.
The order on the board simply reflects the date they were pinned. I could make it the bottom pinned thread if I unpinned and re pinned the other two. Or I could just leave it the way it is for now.
My problem now is that the thread seems to have been useful, and of interest to some posters, while causing others heads to explode.
What to do?
I suggest, if you feel a need to use the thread, use it. If you feel like your head is about to explode when you see the thread, how about putting it in a bucket of water rather than making a public spectacle? In a couple of weeks we can assess if its useful, or not and unstick or retain stick as needed?
OK, reordered the threads.
Further moderation answers. I am a local moderator of four of the sub forums, including this one and the airforces forum. There is no function I know that lets a local moderator shift threats between sub forums. So as far as moving threads goes, I cant help you. My main choices are the ability to sctick, close or delete threads. None of these options are a good responce to an reasonable but slightly OT thread, in my opinion.
I can merge and split, I think. But everytime I have tried, it seemed like there was a chance someone might loose their work. I dont think the moderate benifit of splitting or merging threads justfies the risk in deleting someone elses post inadvertently. So I havent done it.
On OT threads - I think there a problem on busy boards. Which I would define as boards where if you check in once a day, your last active post is already on the second page. On quiet boards, where your post will stay on the front page for a week or two, I dont think OT threads matter. The busiest sub forum I moderate is this one, but its rarely so bad that you cant keep up once every day or two. So therefore I dont see a pressing need to close or delete OT threads.
Oct 30 14 9:23 PM
geneticengineer wrote:As a long-time lurker, i've probably been on this board longer than most here. To be honest, it's shameful that people are making a fuss about where on the list the thread is. Pathetic really! Puerile. At first I thought it was a joke.....sadly this is not the case. Grow up! If you don't like the thread then don't click on it. If you care about where it is on the list then you haven't had enough go wrong in your life
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perfectgeneral wrote:How about a pony sub-forum
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