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Very loud aircraft late this afternoon

Posted: Wed 29 Oct 2014 9:22 pm
by Steve
Did anyone else hear a very loud aircraft fly over just after 5pm this afternoon? I checked Flightradar to see what it was but nothing was showing over the area ... and now I know why!

Re: Very loud aircraft late this afternoon

Posted: Wed 29 Oct 2014 9:36 pm
by Andy B
Seeing a fast jet out here is a rare occurrence, I'm glad there were not issues.

Re: Very loud aircraft late this afternoon

Posted: Wed 29 Oct 2014 9:45 pm
by Steve
Andy B wrote:Seeing a fast jet out here is a rare occurrence, I'm glad there were not issues.
In this case two fast jets flying [relatively] slowly, typically around 180kts over Ware for a Stansted approach. Even at that low speed they made a hell of a roar.

Re: Very loud aircraft late this afternoon

Posted: Wed 29 Oct 2014 10:37 pm
by ware_resident
I presume it was something to do with the Typhoons ' escorting ' a cargo aeroplane to Stanstead. ( See BBC website )

Re: Very loud aircraft late this afternoon

Posted: Thu 30 Oct 2014 9:35 am
by Scottman
Yes, the sonic boom some heard earlier was apparently the Typhoons passing Mach 1 on their way to intercept a radio-silent 'Russian' cargo plane over Kent - they then escorted it into Stansted as is the normal protocol.

Not sure quite how delighted I am that, as often as not, suspect planes and hijack targets are brought in over our town.......

Re: Very loud aircraft late this afternoon

Posted: Thu 30 Oct 2014 12:23 pm
by mb1
The aircraft was Latvian although I think the BBC may first have reported it was Russian.

Re: Very loud aircraft late this afternoon

Posted: Thu 30 Oct 2014 12:38 pm
by malcmac
Scottman wrote: Not sure quite how delighted I am that, as often as not, suspect planes and hijack targets are brought in over our town.......
I agree, send them over Hertford instead!!!

Re: Very loud aircraft late this afternoon

Posted: Thu 30 Oct 2014 1:22 pm
by mb1
I thought that when planes are sent to Stansted in a security emergency they were routed over the more rural bits of Essex with very low population density.

Re: Very loud aircraft late this afternoon

Posted: Thu 30 Oct 2014 7:05 pm
by Andy B
mb1 wrote:The aircraft was Latvian although I think the BBC may first have reported it was Russian.
It was a Russian built Antanov flown by Latvian Air.

Re: Very loud aircraft late this afternoon

Posted: Thu 30 Oct 2014 8:16 pm
by Steve
mb1 wrote:The aircraft was Latvian although I think the BBC may first have reported it was Russian.
Are you sure they didn't say Russian built, as they do in the links below?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29823148