Sonic Boom In Bangalore - Fighter Jet
A fighter jet close to the city of Bangalore was traveling at a supersonic speed when a sonic boom took place. At around 1:25 PM local time, residents (Not just one area, but almost the entire city) of Bangalore heard a huge “BOOM” sound. The ground was trembling, buildings shaking, etc. Panic ensued on social media accounts & there were many conspiracies. At first, everyone thought it was an earthquake.
However, this was quickly shot down by the government. Another conspiracy arose: A fighter jet had gone supersonic. While the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. company denied this, the Indian Air Force was hinting towards it.
Finally, they offered an explanation saying,
“It was a routine IAF Test Flight involving a supersonic profile which took off from Bluru Airport and flew in the allotted airspace well outside City limits. The aircraft was of Aircraft Systems and Testing Establishment (ASTE)”
The plane was well out of the limits (At least 60-100km from the outskirts of the city).
Unsurprisingly, information was not given on the plane used for this sonic boom.
Another explanation on the boom:
“The sonic boom was probably heard while the aircraft was decelerating from supersonic to subsonic speed between 36,000 and 40000 feet altitude”
What’s your take on the sonic boom? Breaking the sound barrier close to the city is quite a rare occurrence.