“Sonic Boom” shatters the peace in Harlow

Crime / Sat 22nd Jun 2019 pm30 06:32pm

Update: 0900 hrs Monday June 24th

A woman arrested at Stansted Airport over the weekend has since been released on bail.

The 25-year-old, from Maidenhead in Berkshire, was arrested on suspicion of common assault, criminal damage and endangering an aircraft.

She has been released on bail until Tuesday 30 July.


A SONIC boom had many in Harlow out of their houses and asking “what was that noise?”

At just after 1830 hours, the very loud boom was heard over the Harlow and Hertfordshire area.

This YH reporter was in the Garden India ordering a takeaway in Bush Fair when the noise was heard. People immediately thought it was something local as car and factory alarms went off but a check on social media saw people from Ongar to Bishops Stortford also asking what was that noise that had the windows rattling?

Essex Police has confirmed that it was a sonic boom from a passing aircraft.

Sources on Twitter claimed the RAF sent a typhoon jet to escort a plane to Stansted after a passenger became disruptive.

It is quite a rare occurrence over Harlow.

Update: 2000 hrs

A 25-year-old woman was arrested after causing a disruption on a Jet2 flight from Dalaman Turkey to Stansted.

Statement from Essex Police

“We were made aware of a disruptive passenger on an inbound flight to Stansted this evening, Saturday, 22 June.

“There is a possibility that residents nearby may have heard a loud noise, often associated with a sonic boom, as the aircraft descended into Stansted airspace.

“Officers attended and arrested a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of two assaults and endangering an aircraft.

“She remains in custody”.

A Royal Air Force spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby scrambled to escort a commercial flight into Stansted shortly after take-off due to reports of a disruptive passenger.”

A Jet2 spokeswoman said: “We are aware of an incident regarding an extremely disruptive passenger on a flight from Stansted to Dalaman earlier this evening.

“The aircraft has returned safely and we are liaising with the relevant authorities to support their investigation.

“We are working hard to ensure the remaining customers reach their destination as soon possible.”

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