2020 has been so far a ‘living on the edge’ kind of a year for humanity. Forest fires, pandemic, almost a world war like aggression, gas leak and now a super cyclone. Well, that was not enough so earthquake also joined in. Now, on Wednesday afternoon in Bengaluru, the residents were hit by another mystery.
Sounds of ‘sonic boom’ were heard from the sky around 1:20 P.M. yesterday. The clueless residents took to social media to share their experience with #bangalore. And the internet was left with guessing. From ‘Jaadu’ to UFO netizens put all their sci-fi knowledge as an answer.
However, these sounds were not new for Bengaluru as these have been heard in the past (in 2018) the prevailing conditions led to the thought process. The curtains of mystery fell off when the Ministry of Defence made a tweet late in the day. The sonic boom was due to the routine IAF (Indian Airforce) Test Flight involving a supersonic aircraft. The IAF earlier said that the ASTE (Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment) and HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) could be conducting routine test flying. However, things were not made official.
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.— PRO Bengaluru, Ministry of Defence (@Prodef_blr) May 20, 2020
Thus, HAL was the first one to respond when the mystery thing got brewing on social media. What the event give for sure was some meme content and here is a proof of that: