A series of unfortunate events: a confused helicopter pilot accidentally gives a signal that he’s been hijacked. British RAF fighters are scrambled so quickly to shoot the thing down, they go supersonic. Brits down below fear explosions and earthquakes. Boom.
The Aviationist recounts the air force farce, which went down last week over English skies:
At 18.10LT on Thursday April 12 emergency agency telephone switch boards started receiving reports of a large bang or explosion that could be heard all over the southern UK.
It took a couple of hours before the reason for the mysterious bang was made public.
Of course, this was all for naught. There was no hijacking. The chopper pilot realised the severe bollocking he’d just caused and reversed his hijacking alert, but of course by then it was too late — he’s just lucky he didn’t get a missile up his rotor. But, hey, bravo to the RAF — they’ll certainly need that itchy sonic trigger finger when Olympics hysteria hits London. [The Aviationist]