Panicked members of the public in northern England took to social networks on Tuesday evening after loud, house-shaking bangs were heard at around 10pm.
Did anyone else feel that loud bang noise in Leeds? Felt like the house shook! Thought it was an explosion or something had hit the house!— Victoria Elizabeth (@_Vic_Elizabeth_) 2 мая 2016 г.
Two HUGE explosions or bomb sounds Leeds. Scared? What was that?— Em Sheldon (@emshelx) 2 мая 2016 г.
Air France flight 1558 was on its way to Newcastle Airport when it went off course, causing the typhoons to intercept and guide it to a safe landing.
@rsmck Air France confirms that due to a radio communication problem AF 1558 had to be accompanied by two British fighter aircrafts 1/2— Air France UK (@AirFranceUK) 2 мая 2016 г.
A sonic boom is the thunder-like noise a person on the ground hears when an aircraft flies overhead faster than the speed of sound.
The cone spreads across the landscape along the flight path; after the initial buildup there is a sharp release of air pressure, and this change in pressure is heard as the aircraft's sonic boom.