Loud bangs heard in parts of Yorkshire were sonic booms from Typhoon jets scrambled to identify “an unresponsive civilian aircraft”, the RAF has said. The aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire, and helped guide the aircraft to a safe landing, the air force added.

People reported their houses shaking at about 21:50 BST after hearing what sounded like two loud explosions. These were later confirmed to have been sonic booms. An RAF spokesman said: “Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft.

“Communications were re-established and the aircraft has been safely landed.” Reports suggested the jets had escorted a plane into Newcastle airport after it went off course. READ MORE