Fears that an earthquake had hit northern England were allayed today when the Ministry of Defence confirmed that a Eurofighter Typhoon was given permission to go supersonic. The aerial action took place yesterday in airspace west of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, although windows rattled and buildings shook as far away as Cumbria.
An MoD spokesperson told Harrogate News:
“The MoD can confirm that a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby was authorised to go supersonic over land at 15:53 yesterday. Any inconvenience caused to local residents is regretted.”
The emergency services were not called out and no damage has been reported. Harrogate resident Sarah Callaghan, who was driving near the American radar base at Menwith Hill when she heard the boom, said:
“It did cause a moment of concern. The noise was, shall we say, out of the ordinary.”
The British Typhoon was one of around 60 based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire (above).