Contact broken off: Eurofighter chasing passenger aircraft – supersonic boom frightens people | hessenschau.de

Two Bundeswehr interceptors caused a supersonic bang over the Rhine-Main area. They got on because they lost contact with a civilian aircraft. The bang startled many people.

Around 5:20 p.m. there was a loud bang in the Rhine-Main area. A spokesman for the air force told the hr that it was the supersonic bang of two Eurofighters. The interceptors from Luftwaffengeschwader 74 based in Neuburg an der Donau rose because a passenger aircraft could not be reached by radio for a short time.

The fighters would therefore have made visual contact with the pilots. The pilot then put the radio link back into operation. A sonic boom occurs when an aircraft flies faster than the noise from its engines spreads.

Bang frightens people in Frankfurt

“Since the time factor plays an important role in such situations, the aircraft broke the sound barrier,” said the spokesman at the Luftwaffe command. This can often be heard within a radius of 60 to 80 kilometers. He did not provide any further information about the civilian machine.

Numerous ear-witnesses from Frankfurt and the surrounding area exchanged information on the Internet service Twitter. User Moni from Frankfurt even felt a pressure wave.

Twitter users also reported from Darmstadt, Hanau or Langen who wanted to hear the bang. And also beyond the Hessian border: Carmen from Aschaffenburg announced that her whole house had shaken.

Darmstadt, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Aschaffenburg, Würzburg report on the loud bang – what the … was that? ???? My whole house shook, but tremendously!


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The Frankfurt fire brigade announced on Twitter that the bang had not triggered an operation for the rescue workers. Apparently, however, some Frankfurters dialed the emergency number to find out about the cause of the bang. The fire brigade’s request: Do not call, that would block the emergency numbers.

The last supersonic bang in Hessen was just a month ago

It is the second supersonic flight within a short period of time: it was not until mid-September that two Luftwaffe Eurofighters – also in the Rhine-Main area – flew to a civilian aircraft with which radio contact had broken off.

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