Sonic boom of F-16 jet stirs panic in Turkish capital
Aysel Alp - ANKARA
The loud bang was heard in almost the whole of the Turkish capital at around 3 p.m. Many locals flocked to news websites and social media to learn about its cause.
Officials failed to provide a quick explanation to the public, paving way for rumors alleging that the boom was caused by an accident at a rocket factory in Ankara.
Other rumors suggested various explanations including a controlled explosion for a road construction and baseless claims about a terror attack.
After almost an hour, Ankara Governor Ercan Topaca released a statement, announcing that the cause of the noise was a sonic boom created by an F-16 jet flying over Ankara for a test by the Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TAI) modernization project.
“It was an authorized flight and nothing negative was reported,” he said.