RAF FIGHTER JET PILOT to Latvian pilot: "Do not cross into UK air space as you will be shot down."
Julian Bray writes: Stansted Airport has confirmed that two RAF Typhoon jets from RAF Conningsby have 'accompanied' a Latvian Antonov An-26B cargo twin turbo-prop plane registration YL-RAA which 'strayed into UK airspace' and landed under RAF fighter escort at the airport at around 5:20pm in a designated security area.
It is thought that on-board communications failed and the Antonov aircraft did not respond to UK air traffic control as required. The RAF jets were then scrambled and authorised to fly 'supersonic.'
Following a police search of the cargo -car parts - the aircraft was allowed to leave and resume its previous flight plan. It follows earlier reports of two "loud bangs" being heard in the Kent area at about 4.40pm. Latvia is a member of the EC. The three flight crew on board the Antonov turbo-prop aircraft were also interviewed by Essex police.
Kent police said the "loud bang" felt by residents was related to the RAF activity- a sonic boom. The aircraft were authorised to fly supersonic over a populated area. The last time a sonic boom happened it was over the Peterborough ,Cambridgeshire area, some three months ago. Several windows were broken and livestock startled. One Dairy farmer losing a days milking in the process....
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