RAF Fighter Jet Flies Over Stansted Airport After Escorting Plane That Lost Contact

An RAF jet was seen flying low over Stansted Airport on January 12 after it was scrambled to intercept an aircraft that had lost communications with air traffic controllers.

The Typhoon jet, which took off from the RAF base at Coningsby in Lincolnshire, was one of two that escorted the aircraft to Stansted once communication was re-established.

The Typhoons were “authorised to transit at supersonic speed for operational reasons”, the RAF told Storyful. There were several reports of a sonic boom.

Sky News said the plane that lost contact was traveling from Germany. Credit: @MatthewPerryBa1 via Storyful