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Two RAF jets have intercepted a Russian cargo plane over Kent and accompanied it to Stansted Airport.
The aircraft lost contact with air traffic controllers, a spokesman for the Essex airport said.
Kent Police received several calls reporting a loud bang. The force said it was related to RAF activity.
An airport spokesman said police officers surrounded the aircraft after it landed at 17:15 GMT.
An 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."
The RAF confirmed the aircraft was a Russian-made Antonov An-26.
In a tweet it apologised if crews had "startled people" but added that jets only went supersonic over land when absolutely necessary.
In a statement, Essex Police said military jets were deployed on a precautionary basis when a Lithuania-registered cargo plane was diverted to Stansted.
It said: "This was due to a loss of communication with the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely."
Police said all three people on board had been spoken to and it was established everything was in order.
originally posted by: tommyjo
a reply to: haven123
No. Simply a communications mix up. The crew of the An-26 got the wrong frequency or misheard it from French Air Traffic Control.