What was that noise? – RAF admit it was their fighter jets that startled Hartlepool residents

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AIRCRAFT noise which shocked dozens of Hartlepool residents late at night was RAF jets carrying out “operational flying”.

RAF chiefs say the Typhoon and F15 jets were flying over the North Sea, to the east and north-east of Hartlepool.

But due to an easterly wind and a high-pressure zone over the UK, the sound from the aircraft’s engines was pushed inland leaving homeowners confused as to what the loud noise was.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “This was not a large scale military exercise, this was normal operational flying over the North Sea to the east and north-east of Hartlepool.

“There was an easterly wind yesterday and there was a high pressure zone over the UK so due to the atmosphere, the sound moved further inland. That’s what the people of Hartlepool have heard as far as we can work out.”

Dozens of people wrote statuses on social-networking site Facebook around 11pm on Tuesday night.

One woman, who did not wish to be named said: “The noise was so loud that it woke me up. I had no idea what the noise was, and then it stopped and started again. i thought it sounded like a plane was going to crash!

“It gave me a right shock. It’s the first time I’ve ever actually felt a bit frightened of something like that it was so loud.”