Fighter jets boom out over Lochaber

The Oban Times - - News -

PEO­PLE out and about in Fort Wil­liam last Fri­day af­ter­noon thought bon­fire night had come early af­ter a ‘huge ex­plo­sion’ was re­ported.

The bang, which was ‘heard and felt’ par­tic­u­larly be­tween Spean Bridge and Onich but also in the town cen­tre, was fighter jets break­ing the sound bar­rier as they re­sponded to re­ports of an un­re­spon­sive air­craft.

A spokesper­son for the Royal Air Force said: ‘Quick re­ac­tion alert Ty­phoon air­craft were launched from RAF Con­ingsby and RAF Lossiemouth to iden­tify an un­re­spon­sive civil­ian air­craft.

‘ The Ty­phoon air­craft were au­tho­rised to tran­sit at su­per­sonic speed for op­er­a­tional rea­sons.

‘Any in­con­ve­nience caused to lo­cal res­i­dents is re­gret­ted.

‘Com­mu­ni­ca­tions were re- es­tab­lished and the air­craft was safely es­corted by the Lossiemouth air­craft to Prest­wick air­port.’

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