Typhoon jets scrambled as Air India plane diverted to Stansted Airport after bomb threat
TYPHOON jets were scrambled as an Air India plane was diverted to Stansted Airport after a bomb threat today.
Homes across Derbyshire were shaken by the sonic boom as the RAF jet passed over the county just before 10am.
Air India confirmed the flight from Mumbai to Newark had been directed this morning.
Stansted Airport said: "Our runway has now re-opened and is fully operational following a precautionary landing of Air India flight.
"We are sorry for any disruption caused by the incident and would like to thank you for your patience."
A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesperson confirmed: "The recent loud bang heard over Derbyshire was as a result of a RAF jet passing over the county causing a sonic boom."
Locals had been left puzzled by the huge bang, taking to Twitter to try to figure out what had happened.
Taking to social media, one local wrote: Heard all over by the looks. Think it was a sonic boom from a fighter jet. Heard the boom in Ilkeston follows shortly by a jet moving pretty quickly."
Another joked: "Heard it in Oakwood, thought it was the bin men being heavy handed."
A third added: "Whole building on #pridepark just shook because of some sort of explosion? Earthquake?"
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue also confirmed they were working with police to investigate.
The Ministry of Defence have been contacted for comment.
They were unable to confirm if the Air India flight was connected to the Air India flight.
It comes after a RAF Typhoon went supersonic over Essex, causing a sonic boom just a few days ago.
The aircrafts had been scrambled to a Jet2 flight after a passenger allegedly tried to open an emergency exit.
A sonic boom is created when supersonic aircraft accelerate through the sound barrier – which is banned over land except in emergencies.
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