I live in Peterborough, UK and this afternoon between 1pm and 2pm there was an enormous boom which frightened the life out of me.
I thought maybe an aircraft had crashed nearby.
A check on the local news sources revealed this -:
local news report
Fair enough but since then there has been overflying by helicopters, and a general increase in aerial traffic.
I cant help feeling we are not getting the full story......are there any fellow UK ATSers in the East that can corroborate???
As Im typing there are further sounds of helicopters in the area, and itś now 22:13 here in the UK!!
The Russians have been feeling frisky lately, testing some new things out. I wouldn't be surprised if they were flying some of it near the UK and
around Europe. I heard that they were near Japan recently on a test flight.
There was a loss of contact with what appears to be a commercial aircraft is what the article says. I suppose they were worried it was hijacked and
it was going to be crashed into some English landmark. It is common, as Zaphod said in the post before me.
edit on 5-6-2014 by rickymouse
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Depending on if they were in the ADIZ or not, that's a standard intercept. Any aircraft that enters the ADIZ radio out, or without a flight plan
automatically has aircraft launched to intercept and identify it.
Up here in the UP if communication is lost to a plane comming in for a landing, we send mosquitoes to intercept the plane. Sometimes we have to use
moths if the mosquitoes are busy at an outdoor social event..
There is really not much to worry about here. The only thing that gets crashed here is wedding receptions and parties.
More than common, its required by aviation rules. Usually 3 jets are scrambled to intercept civilian aircraft that do not respond to communications
from UK authorities. Sometimes two, but never less than two, so I am reliably informed.
The helicopters make it, somewhat odd, but the jets are standard operating procedure.
The red arrows have been flying about today all over south of England. I think they are now at fairford also i can't remember the name but there is a
big NATO exercise going on (not sure when). B52s have landed at fairford and rumours of a few b1s floating about
It was a weird noise, had a cracking sound to it, like a very close thunderstorm. Someone told me there are two booms if itś sonic but I am not sure
I have a disco mirror ball in the room I was in at the time, and it made it sway a little side to side, thats some boom. The strange thing is I
noticed it swaying two days ago but couldnt ascertain a cause unless it was a small ground movement.
We have had significant ground movement here recently, only last week a water main broke in the middle of the road just outside my house, and further
down the road a gas main fractured about a month ago. Anyone would think this is California! we are not used to it round here.
And thats before they even start fracking in the UK.
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