Two RAF Typhoons and their crews had an exciting flight out last night, after an unresponsive passenger plane needed to be intercepted and shown the way down after losing radio contact with air traffic control.
The fighters from RAF Coningsby were scrambled shortly after 10pm last night, and did so with such haste that their sonic booms disturbed residents below; some of which were so scared about it maybe being bombs and terror that they contacted the police. Air France explained the problem with its jet, saying: "Air France confirms that due to a radio communication problem AF 1558 had to be accompanied by two British fighter aircraft according to procedure."
The RAF, meanwhile, added that: "Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft. Communications were re-established and the aircraft has been safely landed."
Flightradar tracked the flight too, showing an extreme wobble in its route as the jets took it out over the sea, just in case the pilot had gone rogue:
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) May 2, 2016
But everything was OK, and a few people got an unexpected trip to the curtains to see what was happening. [Independent]