Mysterious loud sound heard by Bengaluru residents: Here’s what it actually was!

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Updated: May 20, 2020 10:18 PM

Sonic boom Bangalore, Bengaluru latest news: A loud thundering sound was heard in several parts of Bengaluru on Wednesday afternoon, triggering panic among residents.

loud noise in bangalore todayBengaluru: A view of the Outer Ring Road wearing deserted look, as shot with a drone camera, in Bengaluru. (File/PTI Photo)

Loud noise in Bangalore today, Bengaluru sonic boom: The mysterious loud ‘thundering’ sound that was heard by Bengaluru residents on Wednesday afternoon was in fact a ‘sonic boom’, Defence Spokesperson was quoted by ANI as saying. The loud noise, which was much like a huge crash, was heard at around 1.20 pm on Wednesday.

ANI quoted a spokesperson from Ministry of Defence, as saying that “the sound originated from a routine IAF Test Flight involving a supersonic profile which took off from Bengaluru Airport and  flew in the allotted airspace well outside City limits. The aircraft was of Aircraft Systems & Testing Establishment (ASTE).”

The spokesperson added that ASTE “Test Pilots & Flight Test Engineers routinely test out all aeroplanes. The sonic boom was probably heard while the aircraft was decelerating from supersonic to subsonic speed between 36,000 and 40000 feet altitude.”

The Ministry of Defence official further informed that the aircraft was far away from the city limits when this occurred.

The sound of a sonic boom can be heard and felt by an observer even when the aircraft is flying as far away as 65 to 80 kilometres away from the person, the Defence Spokesperson avered.

Earlier, a PTI report had said the sound was heard across the city from Kempegowda International Airport off Devanahalli in the north to Kengeri and Electronic City in the South.

The intensity of the sound was so high that many feared it could be a mild tremor as doors and windows shook after the noise. Some had correctly predicted that it could be a sonic boom created by fighter jets.

The Commissioner of Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority Manoj Rajan had ruled out the possibility of it being an earthquake. Bengaluru city Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao had asked the Air Force to confirm if there has been any fighter jet movement. Police chief Bhaskar Rao said there was no damage reported anywhere due to the sound. “For the past one hour people are hearing the sound, I have asked the Air Force about the fighter jet movement,” he said.

“We have 12 seismic monitoring centres in Karnataka but none have reported any seismic activity,” Manoj Rajan, Commissioner of the state Disaster Management Authority said.

The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre had also said that the sound was not due to an earthquake.

People from all parts of Bengaluru reported the noise on social media and also made frantic calls to the Bengaluru City Police Control Room.

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